Finally at 368 days gestation, LadyBug delivered her cria! Now is the part where I just don't know what else to say... We're delighted? Yes... well, sort of... We're worried? Yes, definitely. We're frustrated? Yes, that too...
So, here's what happened. LadyBug delivered a lovely looking, rose gray, male cria. By all appearances, he looks healthy and good. He is of average weight (14.25 lbs), his temperature was normal, and there were no signs of anything out of the ordinary. He has the coloring and markings of his daddy - and he's super adorable! So yes, we are delighted!
But for whatever reason, he is really struggling. He is weak, lethargic and simply not interested in mom, in nursing, or in anything. I spent the day doing everything I knew how to do to help, but all to no avail. And this is why we are worried. It's also why we are frustrated... What happened? And why? We already lost Laurel's cria (delivered early and stillborn).
So LadyBug and her baby boy will be spending their first night together at the veterinary clinic where he will be cared for and monitored. LadyBug will be milked and he will be fed her milk and a 'super formula' via feeding tube. He will also be treated with antibiotics and whatever else necessary to boost his energy. Please keep your fingers crossed for our little guy and LadyBug.
About the author:
Always an animal lover, alpacas entered my life in 2005.
I enjoy all aspects of life with alpacas - from caring for them, to training them, spinning and knitting their wonderful fiber, photographing them, and even writing about them!