Our last cria of the year has arrive, not without drama I must add!! Jaz was not due until 14th September, but she caught me quite unawares. Tuesday I had visitors, friends from where I used to work had called over for a catch up on all the gossip. As it was pretty chilly we sat in the mobile, chatting and drinking coffee.
I can see the field from the window and as usual the alpacas had made their daily route around the field, passing by the window several times and all seem ok.
When my visitor left, I went out into the barn to check on the BG's to make sure they were ok, they were unusually quiet. But this time they were behaving and were having a snooze in the stable.
The girls had spotted me and charged down the field thinking it must be tea-time. I noticed two had stayed up at the top of the field, Dayna which was not unusual for her with her baby and Jaz, but there was another little cria up there! I took a quick head count and found that everyone else had come down to the barn, so I could only assume Jaz must have given birth without me even seeing.
I ran (well fast walked) up the field to check and yes indeed it was Jaz's little baby, who was up, dry and running after mum!. I managed to catch hold of him and to my dismay his tummy was covered in blood!! He was bleeding from his cord, I quickly carried him back to the barn so I could get a clip to clamp the cord and stop the bleeding. I could feel the blood soaking into my jeans and running down onto my foot.
I put him and mum into the pen then ran to the shed for the birthing box, dam!! I had not replaced the last clip (naughty, naughty!!) and in my panic couldn't remember where the bag of new clips were!!
I decided I needed to improvise until I could fine the cord clips, I quickly sterilised a peg from the washing line and attached this to stopped the flow of blood. I checked mum's milk, which was well and truly running, and stood back to watch him feed, which didn't take too long. I then went to find the clips, (as my brain had starting working and I remember where they were - funny how the brain freezes when your in a panic!!) I sterilise one and then replace the peg with it.
Phew that gave me quite a start!! What a way to end our birthing season!
But he is a strong little man, he doesn't look premature, his teeth are through, his legs are strong and he is feeding well.
So please meet the latest and last addition for this year, to the Cotswold Vale Alpaca herd, as yet does not have a name.
I am sad this years birthing season has ended, as it is always so exciting when you have a new arrival. But am also glad, because we have had our fair share of problems, thankfully all turning out well, but I believe only because I am here on site and am able to watch, observe and step in when needed.