Thursday, 26 May 2011

Cria (baby) number 4

For those of you who follow our tweets you will have been eagerly awaiting tonight's blog, so here goes.

Kate gave birth this morning to an absolutely massive cria, a grey girl no less!  As with her previous two babies Kate decided to give birth laying down, but after a lot of pushing and grunting she finally listened to me and stood up taking a helping hand from gravity. 
I was just about quick enough to get the poor thing landing with a rather large thud!

Despite her large size it was a text book birth, Kate is a fantastic mum and has been hot on the heels of her daughter ever since the minute she landed.

Her arrival was extra exciting because she is the first progeny from our black stud Loki, who was Scottish Black Champion in 2008.  She weighs a staggering 11.36kg, our biggest ever cria, no wonder Kate has been so grumpy and has been having such big bulges.  The placenta was also the biggest I've ever seen so I dediced to weigh it, it was over 5kg!  That means poor Kate has been carrying round an additional 16.5kg.

Just like when she was in the womb, she has been highly active, up on her feet in less than half an hour and running round the field and climbing within an hour.  Check this out, she was 45 minutes old!


10 comments:

Rosemary said...

Ahh! What a lovely blog to rise from my sick bed to read! What a whopper - and looks gorgeous, . . and strong!

Anonymous said...

How lovely and soon lots of lovely grey fleece to come. Well done Kate!
Carol

Apple Vale Alpacas said...

No doubt who's the mother with that colouring!

janet said...

What a lovely big girl, well done Kate and Loki.

Shirley said...

Amazing! Well done all.

Barbara@beckbrowalpacas said...

Wow that is massive...Congratulations!

Cotswold Vale Alpacas said...

Wow what a super baby, and a clever mummy. Its always been my dream to have a grey alpaca (maybe one day)

Well done.

Ginnie

Judi said...

We have put a black over our grey this time. Waiting for cria from a grey is always so exciting isn't it? We used a light brown last year and have a grey as the result.

Mark said...

Beautiful cria, what a whopper!

Knapper Alpakka said...

What an excellent series of photos and story! Congrats with a beautiful cria :-)