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What’s in a name? A baby alpaca born with blue eyes!

Our latest edition has just arrived and she is a lovely little alpaca – Mother is Diana and Father is George.

Linatra, the newest addition to the Purl Alpaca Deisngs' herd.
Linatra with mum, Diana

She was born two weeks early and immediately caused a flurry of activity.  A visitor to Burwash Manor told Claire in The Larder that “One of the ‘llamas’ has legs sticking out her bottom!”; Claire told Richard, who told Ella, who phoned her mum, Fiona (often helps with the alpacas and owns Inside Out), and then Fiona rang Tracy who was in Birmingham at the Festival of Quilts.

Leaving the lovely Jane and her daughter, Sarah, to staff the stand (it was their second day…ever!) and arranging for Sally from the Guild of Quilters to look after our cash tin and card reader over night, Tracy came back to Cambridge, picked up her birthing kit, changed into more suitable clothing and drove to Burwash Manor as quickly as she could.

Baby alpaca with unusual blue circle in eye
Ole’ blue eyes, Linatra

The little one was running round the field, playing with Lily and as Tracy got close, Diana stood between them; realising this was ‘apple time’ Tracy picked up a couple from The Larder and walked back to the herd.  Feeding Diana, she quickly managed to spray the umbilical cord (so there isn’t a risk of fly-strike) and on putting the cria back down, saw she had blue eyes.  Well their not completely blue, more brown with blue oblong detail – very different to anything we’ve seen before.  Tracy thought ‘oh, blue eyes’ which reminded her of ‘Ole Blue Eyes is Back’ the Frank Sinatra Tour, so as this year is the letter L, we’d like to introduce you to Linatra.  We think it’s a lovely name!

Louisianna comes over to greet the newcomer to the herd!

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  1. picperfic: August 14, 2015 2:48 pm

    I love the name! Those eyes are beautiful!

  2. JCW: August 14, 2015 10:55 pm

    It was a very exciting afternoon – although I'm sure you'd rather it hadn't been quite so dramatic 🙂

    And she's beautiful, we're looking forward to meeting her.

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