I had been wondering how much longer Chiva would be with us. The last couple of winters had been tough on him.
He was older, but not "old."
He had a famous father, but poor conformation and skin issues that we could not get ahead of.
He was gelded early on and never a sire, but he was protective of the smaller alpacas. So we would bring him into the Mom and Cria Corral a few weeks before we would separate the young boys from their mommas.
Chiva made weaning easier. The little boys always had a friend who would stick up for them when the bigger boys would start to bully them.
I found him in the pasture Sunday afternoon within an hour of his passing.
His herdmates and protectors had already said their good-byes.
We're sad, even though we knew it was coming.
|Chiva in younger days|
Crescent Moon's Chivalry, we've enjoyed knowing you. Thank you for being part of our herd.