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A story of a poorly baby alpaca, lovely people and scary injections.

This week, Tracy has had to face her fears and has learned to give injections.  It’s amazing what you can do if you have to!  Her reluctant step into nursing was a surprise for us all.

On Friday 4th September, Tracy noticed our youngest cria, Lorelle, was looking hunched up, then gradually over the afternoon, it became obvious that something was seriously wrong. A flurry of phone calls to the vet culminated in Lorelle and Beauty needing to be taken to Cambridge Vet School.  Not having her own transport, Jane and Sophie were available to help and arrived at Burwash Manor with their Landrover and trailer.

Impressive transport for a cria and mum

Initial tests showed that Lorelle had pneumonia and was given 24 hour care by the fabulous vets Ellie and Ben.  She responded well to the antibiotics and pain killers and was collected by Tracy, Jane and Sophie on Sunday afternoon.  Ellie had recommended stabling or shelter for the week and to keep Lorelle separate from the herd so she could bond better with Beauty and not have to look for her when she was hungry.  Tracy had built a small enclosure next to the field shelter so that it was warmer for little Lorelle and Beauty could see the rest of the herd over the fence.  Beauty was not impressed and seemed annoyed at this solution!

“Mum, you look like a hampster!”

Sophie, Ben, Ellie and Jane

Beauty and Lorelle, back at Burwash

Lorelle then needed a course of treatment over the following week at timed intervals; hence the start of Tracy’s nursing career, which became quite colourful. Now, we might have mentioned that as an experienced mother, Beauty doesn’t like people interfering with her baby. This is the art of understatement!  Beauty can spit, she has excellent aim and impeccable timing. For the first treatment, before Tracy realised how bad it could be, her head, face and left ear were covered in green, glutinous, disgusting smelling goo as she attempted to give her first injection ever and put a cria coat on Lorelle. Obviously this wouldn’t do, so she separated mother and baby and did what she had to do, before driving home and sticking her head under a running tap!

The next morning, Tracy caught herself with the needle and was successful in giving her second and third injections without bleeding on Lorelle!

Lorelle is gaining weight

For the past week, things have gone well for Lorelle, she is gaining weight and has now finished her treatment.  She’s become quite feisty and active and is, we think, well on the way to making a full recovery.  Although she will be monitored this weekend, we’re hopeful she and Beauty will return to the herd on Monday.

7.00 p.m. Saturday 12th September – Lorelle is looking so much better!

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