Well at the risk of sounding boring, Columbus has struck again with the emergence of yet another brown cria. He is doing a startlingly good job of providing us with brown cria!
This morning the bagpipes appeared at the back end of Patou Fifi one of our 'untouchables' and mother of Rico. She gave birth to a floppy eared male after 333 days. He weighed in at 7.90 kilos, our smallest cria to date but he was up and running within minutes, a real live wire. In fact for the first couple of hours Fifi was running around after him in the field.
He has been named Patou Scout and he is our fifth brown cria from Columbus this year. We have now had eight cria born in the last four weeks and we have an even split of males and females. We are requesting females from now on in.
The next to go is the one I have been waiting for. Patou Millie, daughter of my most favourite alpaca in the whole wide world and star of our show team last year. She is pregnant to Jack of Spades and she hit the 330 day mark today. Incidentally we have had some early ones this year, our longest gestation so far being 348 days. We have had three at 347, two at 330 and one at 331, 332 and 333 days. They just can't wait to come out and join us!