Today was the day for our first ever baby alpaca to make her entry into the world. Unfortunately, she picked the coldest day of the month (50 degrees with 20+ mile an hour winds, when it was 90 yesterday), and the day that our sheep were being shorn (different day from the alpacas due to a mix-up), but you can't plan everything perfectly ...
Mama Tilly went into labor right before the shearer arrived. After Sheep #1 was shorn, I went to check on Tilly, and saw this:
... Little black nose coming out the back of Tilly.
A little black head followed, and then a front leg, and then nothing for awhile. Eventually, I gloved up and went in to make sure that leg #2 wasn't facing the wrong way. It was, of course, so that got fixed, and then baby came out quite easily. Did you know that giving birth is a spectator sport for alpacas? Mama's head is the black one in the center of the photo, with her ears back. (Yes, I realize that it looks like that head belongs to the black body on the right, but it doesn't. That body is Callie's [Tilly's older daughter], and her head is sniffing the baby. Pretty neat optical illusion, eh?)
This is big sister Callie checking out baby. Callie was VERY concerned for baby.
Baby got the idea of "standing" pretty quickly. She got the idea of walking shortly thereafter. (That's sister Callie behind her in the first photo; Princess Leia in the second.)
... Last but not least, she learned to nurse! Also, we put a coat on her. 'Cos it was freaking cold today.
Baby 'pacas, hooray!
K writes this stuff, for some reason that has yet to become apparent.