New Beginnings!

January 4, 2013 at 9:15 am 2 comments

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After the flurry of Christmas paper and finally eating our way through all the leftovers, then the second wind of New Year, I thought things would start settling back into the usual routine. But no.

What did I find in the paddock when I eventually remembered to slink out and let the chooks out on Wednesday morning?

Shroedinger! I couldn’t work out why Tinkerbell wouldn’t come up to the gate to give me her usual morning greeting until I saw a little pair of ginger ears poking up out of the grass at her feet! So I wasn’t imagining it after all, and we now have a sweet little strawberry blonde suri girl tailing very close to mum’s back legs for the most part, but getting braver by the hour!

After all my anxious reading up about alpaca birthing and fretting over potential complications, and then feeling thoroughly foolish after the shearers all but laughed and said it was highly unlikely she was even pregnant, here she is. And I missed the whole thing! Clearly Mother Nature has a good thing going though as both girls were up and feeding by the time I found them, and seem to be doing swimmingly.

Watching the other alpackets come and greet the newbie was fascinating too. The bossiest of the males had the softest look in his eyes when he was giving her a sniff, and the other female, pictured looking on in the bottom photo,  crept up like a mother trying not to wake a sleeping baby, kept her posture very submissive and seemed to be waiting for permission to approach before she got to have a little nuzzle. Meanwhile the Head Honcho stands back like a bouncer surveying the scene and keeping the area secure. Awww.

What a lovely beginning to the year!

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Oh, and I’m currently taking name suggestions! 🙂

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Deborah  |  February 6, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    Absolutely adorable! Did you decide on a name?

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  • 2. littlehouseonthehill  |  February 7, 2013 at 7:36 am

    Eventually! After much campaigning and persistence from my eldest, she is now called Honeybear. Honey for short, which suits her quite nicely really.

    Reply

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