Now that got your attention, didn't it?
I was 50 miles away on a building site this morning, when Joy 'phoned to say that Autumn Gold was in labour - nothing I could do, so she 'phoned around a couple of friends for back-up. 45 minutes later she 'phoned to say we had a cria, that was Golden, AND Delicious - that meant she was a female, and the colour we expected, as her Sire is fawn, (Ashill Fandango) and her grand-dam is fawn (Pelachuta).
With this years names being apple varieties beginning with 'D', we had decided that (Golden) Delicious would have to be for a female - we'd had two males Discovery and Darcy Spice, and so had used the suitable names for males.
The head and feet had been out for around 30 minutes, and Autumn was kushed, when Joy decided it was time to assist, and with Di and Chris (who had never handled alpacas) at the front end, Joy pulled to ease the shoulders out - Delicious has been feeding steadily, and running around this evening. Autumn Gold looks a bit 'raw' and open at the back end, so we'll check on that in the morning, and hopefully she'll heal overnight.
|The class of 2012|