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Rare Indeed – Alpaca Twins!

Alpacas rarely have twins and when they do, the survival rate is extremely low.  So, although they’re only 2 weeks old, Cagney and Lacey are beautiful exceptions to this rule.  There’s not much space in the womb, so initially they were a bit tangled up, ears turned inside out, legs a bit bent, but gradually over the days, everything has straightened out and here they are looking like perfect minatures.  Houghton Hall Alpacas has had over 80 births so far this year and whereas a normal cria weighs about 8 kilos when born, these two little beauties popped out, weighing only 3.5 and 4.5 kilos!  Initially needing to be topped up with extra milk, Candy, the mum is now producing enough for both.  We’re not sure who was more surprised about the twins, Candy, or Mick when he helped with the births and found 3 front legs! 

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