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Wide Sky Ranch: A Santa Fe Alpaca Farm

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

It Started Out as a Normal Day and Then.....

Ranch Visitor with Cleo

Ranch Visitor with Cleo

June 26th began pretty much like any other day. In the morning I attended a new local embroidery group so I can improve upon my embroidery skills. Following lunch I began the dreaded task of catching up with WSR paperwork/computer work. As I plowed through the tall pile on my desk, I received a last minute telephone inquiry, asking if I could show visitors around the ranch. Sure, I was tiring of the paperwork.

Ranch tour went well. There's always lots to tell new friends about our alpaca world. During the tour I did take note that our pregnant girl, Theresa Marie, was napping in her pasture and later on while going to the bathroom her backside looked slightly different, but not too different. Not her time for another nine days. As our guest prepared to climb into their cars, one of the guests said "It's happening." or something like that. I looked over at Theresa Marie who now was at the main barn and sure enough, a baby was beginning to be born. After running over to her, I noticed that the baby's head and one leg, not two legs. Baby was breathing through the membrane encasing her head. I removed it so she could better breath. Eyes were beginning to open, but what about that other leg? Both legs and head emerge together. Not knowing what to do, I plunged my arm inside and could not locate it. Quickly I called a fellow breeder who lives about a mile away. Fortunately she was home so she came over while another breeder came to see what was going on. Long story, short, my friend was able to turn the baby a bit so that her shoulders would bend forward and pass through the cervix. It was a difficult delivery for Mom, but the baby looked good and was on her feet within less than 30 minutes.

It's been a very worrisome 21 hours as the baby and Mom didn't figure out how to work together to provide her with a good feeding of milk. With the help of my friend as well as my husband, the three of us were able to keep Mom steady while getting the baby to latch on and get a good meal of milk. Now we feel that the worrisome part of birthing and feeding are behind us. Mom and baby are staying in the barn because Mom wasn't keeping her in the shade in the pasture. Babies can't regulate their body temperature very effectively for the first 3 days, but in the cool, insulated barn she is just fine.

As a side note, one of our male alpacas is named Lord Winston. How could we possibly have a Winston without the complimentary Clementine? So baby is Clemmie.

If you are going to be in our neck of the woods sometime soon, this would be a lovely time to have an extra special ranch tour.
Those long wobbly legs!

Those long wobbly legs!

"Hi Mom"

Crias need lots of rest, just like babies do.

Crias need lots of rest, just like babies do.

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