Came home today to a semi unexpected arrival. Millie has given birth to a cria. Jonas has called him Milky but hoping we can find him something a little more sophisicated.
He was only semi unexpected as yesterday Susie had a cria too. Only he didn’t survive. We don’t know what happened but he was already dead when we found him. Poor Susie. We left his body out as I had heard that is better for the mother to grieve and we buried him tonight in the orchard. We are still very sad although it is amazing and beautiful that Millie has given birth to her first tonight.
They only reason we were so close to the cria tonight was to move both Mum and babe into the smaller field and into the shelter. I am very aware of the behavioural damage we could inflict on the newborn if we were to have contact. Herd and Mama bonding in the early weeks and months is essential for normal behaviour. The other alpacas were so gorgeous with him. The other girls all went to the same little paddock. Ida and Dolores suddenly look very fat!
We are so proud of you both Millie and Susie.