Monday 29 December 2008

Ever get the feeling somebody has it in for you?

Just when you are already feeling things are not going your way, why it is something else comes along to slap you in the face.

This evening, one of our girls decided that for some reason she was going to go into labour, at six months gestation. I'd gone down to feed and noticed that after having her tea one went to lay down and just looked uncomfortable. She sat on one side and stuck her legs out, but when I wandered over she moved on and looked ok.

Then shortly after she was sat down again, I thought maybe she had a touch of tummy ache or colic. I was just about to go over again when I noticed as she lifted her tail her back end was slightly distended and she soon wandered over to strain over the dung heap. It was then obvious that she was actually in labour.

At six months there was really no way the cria was going to be viable but I sent mum back to the house to get the birthing kit just in case. Sadly just over half an hour later she gave birth to a stillborn tiny baby boy.

Hopefully after a year of not very nice luck for not only us but a few of our friends we are certainly hoping for much happier times next year.


Zanzibah Alpacas said...

Ah...Debbie things just can't get any worse, can it, you are really having a tough time of it at the moment, This year has been a real hum-dinger. I can't wait for it to end, I'm sure you will be feeling the same way to.

I do hope that you have some nice things, to look forward to, I look forward to hearing some nice news from you both...and I want to wish you both well for the New Alpaca Year !!...keep your chin up, dig deep in these difficult times, you have got friends out here rooting for you both...bring on the Happy times.... you deserve it......All the Best Jayne x

Debbie, Barnacre Alpacas said...

Thanks for your kind thoughts Jayne, I too can't wait for the year to end.