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The smallest alpaca

img_6101Our first cria for the season was born on 20 September. Rather small – weighing in at under 6kg, and managed to get chilled in the cold wind, so lost a lot of strength. We put a cover on the cria and brought mother and baby inside where the baby also sat on a hot water bottle – she was able to cush, but not stand. We bottle fed the cria with milk and glucose so it could regain strength – but it was the next day before the cria could stand and feed from mother. A true black – as you can see from the photo, no brown tinge on this cria! And just to show we don’t always get it right, after 2 days of thinking we had a male cria, we discovered in fact, we have a female!

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