... You know how sometimes you're having one of those really "off" days? One of those days where nothing is going right at work, and your timing is all off on everything, and nothing you do quite seems right, like something about you is just totally off-kilter?
... Then you go home and you realize that that pregnant alpaca that you were really worried about, that you had actually almost written off in your mind because you weren't sure if she was going to be able to successfully birth her cria, the one that you actually figured might not make it through labor -- you realize that that alpaca is trying to give birth, and there's a nose out, and you realize that she and the cria just might make it after all?
... And she looks at you, and literally ASKS for help, making this little high-pitched noise and following you around and telling you that, no, she can't do it on her own and something is wrong --
... And so you help her get the head out, and it's gasping, like they do when they're healthy, and it seems fine and you think she should be able to get it out on her own now but no, she is still asking for help and something is still wrong --
... And so you "go in," feel around, realize that both of the front legs are folded up and tangled around each other and that this is going to be a reeeeealllllllly difficult presentation to correct --
... But the alpaca keeps asking for your help --
... So you do it?
... And you know how, when the cria is out and looks healthy and it's already trying to stand up, and the dam is exhausted but fine, and you know she's going to make it, and you are covered in bodily fluids and your arms are sore because correcting a dystocia like that is NOT easy, but you did it, and the mom and baby are safe --
You think that maybe --
It is conceivable --
That everything will be okay.
... Because if you DON'T know that feeling, that is a damn shame, because there is no better feeling in the world than that one.
... This little guy probably won't make anyone's herdsire row, but that's okay. He's adorable and healthy, and, most importantly of all, his dam is a superlative mother with tons of milk. She even moved her leg out of the way to make it easier for him to nurse -- something I have never even seen in experienced alpaca dams, let alone a first-timer! (I have seen sheep do this, but never seen an alpaca do it.)
Yesterday, we were finally able to welcome our first cria of 2017 to the farm. Our absolute favorite alpaca of all time, the famous Sparky, finally gave out and revealed what she was hiding ... And ... OMG LOOK AT HIM
... Please welcome Jimbo Hunk, future herdsire and farm rock star!
Jimbo GOT THE MEMO and he is not only a dramatic harlequin appaloosa, he has huge bone, awesome coverage, and what looks like it's gonna be a pretty cool fleece. This dude is a stud and he KNOWS it ... This is one of those cases where I was glad to see a boy!
He is sired by one of our very first, and still favorite, studs, Grand Torino (AKA Sammy -- exciting side-revelation: Sammy can make harlequin!). Sammy was chosen as the traits that he has been passing on to his offspring complimented Sparky perfectly. It is so thrilling to see a carefully-planned breeding decision pan out this well!
K writes this stuff, for some reason that has yet to become apparent.