Baby alpacas are the cutest things
I usually wait until a baby alpaca is born before thinking of a new name. This year is M, so we’ve already introduced Malachi and Masika, the two boys, and we have been brain storming to think of lovely options for the new arrivals. I have now been lucky enough to have 4 girls and the herd is steadily growing!
Inca was first to give birth a few hours after shearing and her cria was three weeks early. She was very small and I had to give her a little top up milk so that she was strong enough to feed off her mum. Although very frail at the beginning, she is now fit and strong and she has the most beautiful fleece. I’ve decided to call her Mayan after the ancient South American civilisation.
Duchess gave birth the following day to Mitzie. Whereas Mayan was very small (about the size of a man’s shoe), Mitzie is the biggest cria I’ve ever seen! She is the same size as Masika at a month old and slightly bigger than Malachi at 6 weeks. Her size did cause complications for Duchess who is now a pet and our official mascot.
Adie was next to give birth and her little girl I’ve decided to call Miko (Japanese for beautiful child). Miko is also white and has the softest downy fleece. Alpacas have such a strong sense of community with other females becoming aunties to the newborns, and what is really lovely is how Inca (Adie’s first cria) and Adie will share the baby sitting duties for their offspring.
The latest baby was born to Hope and she is a lovely biscuit colour. I’ve decided to call her Mdina as she’s a similar colour to the sun drenched, ancient city on Malta (and I think it’s a lovely word). I was becoming concerned as Hope had been pregnant for over a year and after the problems with Duchess didn’t want another emergency needing a vet. I needn’t have worried though, Mdina was born without problems and is already leading a merry dance with the others around the paddock. The photo below was taken by one of our workshop participant, Vivian, and we love it! It’s of Mdina and Lily, one of last year’s babies.
It seems to be a rule of thumb that if white, the cria is fathered by Bolly and if brown, fathered by George. Just need to find the right boy for Havana and Isis as they are George’s sisters and I want to breed more fawn, brown and eventually black.
Well, more babies are due over the next two months, so until then, adieu from the field…
Tracy and the alpacas xxx