Yesterday morning there was more galloping up the stairs. Still no whinneying just the breathless announcement that 'There's a baby!'. This time it was 5 O'clock in the morning not 6. What the hell is going on this year? This time Sue announced that it was Bobby who had done the deed and this time, being an hour earlier than last week I was a little slower into my strides. In fact, I didn't bother with trousers, I was down the stairs and out into the field clad in my pyjamas.
I reached Bobby and could instantly see a small dark alpaca cushed next to her. Black or brown it was impossible to tell. I could also see that it was completely dry. What time had it been born for goodness sake? Sue had checked the herd at 9.15 the previous evening and there was no sign of anything happening.
Anyway she (for it is another girl people, another girl!) seemed healthy, everything was where it should be and she weighed in at a healthy 8.66kg. FANTASTIC!!
Now, a day later, I can introduce to the world, Patou Sabrina, a gorgeous dark brown Jack of Spades girl. She is a full sister to Ruby May, her mother being Bobby, who has never failed to give us a cracking cria and who has now produced four females in a row. Well done Bobster you old spit monster!
As I type this she is tentatively charging (yes, I believe you can charge tentatively, I can't, but baby alpacas can) around the field with Patou Sirrocco (the wind not the car) as dusk approaches.
Earlier, introductions had been made and the two youngsters are very much aware of each other's presence.
At todays weigh in, Coco (the wind not......) revealed a ten day weight gain of 3 kilos and little Sabrina a rather respectable 300 grammes.
They are both absolutely beautiful and exactly what we had wished for so how's about that for a start!