We've had so many problems trying to blog this past week, we've scanned the computer for viruses, cleaned up the hard-drive and finally we have been able to upload pics.
First we have Asparagus Now, named after one of our favourite young bands in Liverpool. He was born last Tuesday. Si had checked all the girls when he fed them and a couple of hours later I was washing up in the kitchen when I looked out of the window and saw a cria charging round the paddock. We ran straight over, by the time we got over there he was at the milk bar. He is the fastest cria we have ever had, even Si had difficulty catching him to spray his navel. We're assuming he hadn't been out long as the placenta hadn't been passed. He's doing really well but it was a shock as he wasn't due until the 18th of this month.
Cherrybomb welcoming Penny into the world
I got up at first light this morning to check the remaining pregnant girls and nothing seemed to be happening so I went back to bed for a couple of hours. We got up again at 8 and Si went through to make coffee while I made the bed. I looked out of the bedroom window and thought I counted an extra cria in the paddock so dashed through to the living room to get a better look. Si said that I had miscounted and sure enough he was right. I was drinking my coffee and watching through the window while Si went out to feed all the animals and the next thing I knew my mobile was ringing, it was Si. I had been right, there was an extra cria in the paddock, it was just that her mother was in front of it when viewed from the living room. She is a few days early and really small but perfectly formed. She seemed cold and was shaking so we put a coat on her once we had towelled her dry. We had to move the other alpacas out of the paddock to give her some time alone with her mum, even all the cria were trying to get her up before she was ready. She is still slightly wobbly on her legs this evening but has been trying to have a play with the other cria.
I'm hoping Cherrybomb will have her cria tomorrow as it looks as though it has dropped today and she is bulging a bit at the back. She's also really fed up and keeps turning her back on me as though it's my fault she feels so bad.
Note to Rosemary - the title is from Penny Lane by The Beatles