Sadly Venus gave birth in the early hours of Saturday morning in the pouring rain to twin girls, she had managed to carry them almost ten months. I found her stood over them in the field at 5am (my usual early morning check), she was a first time mum and clearly very confused by things.
The girls were solid brown weighing 4kg and a tiny rose grey weighing 2kg, I spent the first few hours beating myself up about the bigger girl who may have stood a very slim chance had she been born during the day.
Disturbing pictures follow.......
Of all the alpaca lines we have Venus is from a line of girls who produce big babies so if anyone stood a chance of managing twins it would be this one, Venus's mum star was our biggest cria ever at 13kg.
Sadly the loss of the twins was only the start of it, Venus seemed to be taking a while to pas the placenta, and I was beginning to think that some oxytocin may be required but then she started to stain and out began to come the placenta.
It took slightly longer than usual, breeders out there will know that gravity usually plays a big part once the afterbirth starts to come away. However this didn't happen and it soon became apparent that things weren't going to plan and she was prolapsing.