The most eagerly awaited placenta arrived yesterday. Allow me to explain. Alice one of our white females had been looking huge for months, the biggest gut of them all (the alpacas that is). She was wallowing around and Sue and I had convinced ourselves that twins was a real possibility. Especially when she gave birth yesterday after only 315 days gestation.
After she had delivered a lovely little brown boy (yes he looks fawn in the photograph but believe me he is brown, it was the lighting), she still looked huge. And as soon as he was out she was looking like pushing again. Sue and I remained in situe and waited. We occasionally looked across at each other with that 'I just don't know' expression on our faces, or was it wind? Anyway to cut a long story short after about 10 minutes of pushing and spinning, presumably so we couldn't see what was coming out, she gave birth to a very large and red placenta. Oh well at least the guessing was over.
So to our latest arrival. He is our lightest cria to date but considering his early arrival, 7.34kg isn't too bad. He is another Columbus cria, yes, another brown Columbus cria and after initially being named Spock he has now been renamed by Angus as Sebulba. Sometimes when that little boy gets home from school all sorts of decisions get reversed, it's not fair. Sebulba is apparently some weird looking beastlike thing from Star Wars. Apparently he's a kind of goodie though, even if a bit freaky looking. Still it may just be better than Spock, I just don't know. I always preferred Star Trek so maybe I am biaised.
Here he is with his mother Alice who is a cracking looking Wessex Mateus girl.
Now a quick update on a few other brown ones. Pictured below is the little munchkin Scout who is almost the spitting image of the little darling of the herd Spirit. Right behind him is Fernando, a Columbus cria from last year. Yes, he is the same shade of brown. It is quite remarkable.
Next, and I swear this is a different alpaca, is Spirit. How similar are they?
Now, Spirit is joined by Sabrina on the left and the huge bulk that is Saracen on the right. He is only four days older than Spirit!
Right that's enough for today I have a school concert to get to.