Our first cria watch has come to an end. :-)
Keyla was due on Labor Day, September 6th. We've been watching her behavior closely and checking her for signs of impending birth for the last few weeks.
Monday morning (Labor Day), I checked on the girls, made some coffee and settled in with Hubba for a relaxing morning. I got up for a second cup of coffee and noticed all of the girls were gathered around, sniffing at something in the corral. It took a few seconds for me to realize it was a freshly born cria.
We ran outside in our jammies, to make sure the cria was ok. She was wet, dirty and trying to get up on her sternum. I think we literally just missed the birth.
I went inside to put on some proper barn clothes and gather my wits. By the time I got back to the corral, she was on her sternum and holding her head up pretty well.
I spent most of the day outside, waiting for the placenta, ensuring she was nursing and just watching her progress. It was such an exciting day.
Our new cria is a beautiful light fawn girl, daughter of Qaint Keyla and Smokey's Bandit at Pastoral Profits. Keyla and Bandit both live on the Alpacamundo farm.
We have named her, Alpacamundo's Apple.