On Saturday at 10:30 AM, Marseille, our newest baby alpaca was born!
At a whopping 21 lbs, this girl is on the upper end of the healthy range already! It didn’t take her long to stand up (you want them to stand within the first hour), and she was nursing by the end of the day.
Mikayla is being a great mamma. She let Mom and Dad take care of Marseille, and helped her find the milk, and was altogether way more patient than Tulip was with Tripoli. Dad and Mom did supplement with goat milk early on, because it took her most of the day to figure the whole suckling thing out.
Mom and Dad spent the evening sitting in camp chairs in the barn, instead of at a wine tasting, making sure she was alright. I suspect they were happy as clams. After a night in the barn, which is safer for little tykes than even our well-fenced paddock, it was time to meet the rest of the herd!
She has panda eyes. And look at those ridiculous legs! So silly! But she can use them!
Trip is happy to have a young friend. Too happy, as it turns out. He had to be locked alone in the paddock for a while, because he was rough housing! Silly Tripoli, this baby is too new for wrastling!
So. Cute. Tulip could care less about the newest member of the herd, but Auntie Brittany is being curious as usual. The babies don’t seem to mind her chewing on their ears.
Stay tuned for more updates!