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29 April 2007 @ 08:41 pm
New cria  
The last of my females gave birth a few days ago and I thought people might be interested in photos.

I noticed Minnie obviously having contractions at about 8 am, alternately straining with her tail up, kushing and lying flat on the ground.

Being born
Giving birth, about 9:15am.

What *is* that?
What is going on back there?? She was turning around and around, trying to see.

Not up
Born but not up. 9:27am. 

Still not up
Still not up. This went on and on and I was getting worried! 

Getting there

Sitting
The pictures make it look like there was a steady progression, but he spent a lot more time lying flat and weakly flailing on the ground after this shot before he was able to maintain an upright position. 

Sherry inspects Minnie's back end
Six-week-old Sherry inspects Minnie's post-birth back end

Standing
I was just returning from the house with the glucose solution my book recommends if they haven't tried to stand within an hour, when he stood!

Drinking
And he knew just what to do. Minnie (a first-time mother) didn't want him nosing around under there at first and kept moving away, but she suddenly changed her mind. Fortunately!

Walking
About six hours old

Snoozing in the one patch of green grass

I wish it wasn't going to be an entire year before there'll be any more!
 
 
 
catarzyna: Happy Mecatarzyna on April 29th, 2007 02:41 pm (UTC)
Action Shots!
I love the 6th one down. The cria looks like he is smiling and proud of himself.
This is my pensieve: cartoon megarden_faerie on April 30th, 2007 05:01 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for sharing these!!! I am just in the research and developement stage of alpacas. This was just great.
Talyfireluv007 on April 30th, 2007 04:08 pm (UTC)
Yaaay! I love being able to watch the births... its simply amazing.
Thanks for sharing, and congrats! He's a cutie!