Some time ago a farmer friend of ours spoke to us about keeping livestock. We were new to alpacas and thought it was all great and fluffy. He gave us a few words of caution when he said 'If you have livestock, sooner or later you are going to have deadstock'. A cheery fellow he was.
I have never forgotten those words and knew that one day his prediction would come true. I hoped that it wouldn't.
This evening I'm afraid it did. We have had three gorgeous healthy cria in the past two weeks all born without problem, all doing well.
However, this evening Coolaroo Judah had a very rough ride. We noticed at 8pm that she had a crias head hanging out. It hadn't been there an hour before and she had shown no signs of being about to give birth all day.
Unfortunately it was quite apparent that the cria was dead. Judy was also very aggressive and simply couldn't shift it. The vet was called and David Hollingsworth our vet soon arrived.
With a little help the dead cria was delivered and thankfully Judy seems ok. It was a very big white male cria, Judy was 11 months and 15 days.
David said that the cria had been dead for sometime before it was born and that there was nothing that we could have done.
Sorry there are no laughs today but as it says at the beginning of this blog it has been a very sad day here in Patou land.