Friday, 17 February 2012
A stillborn cria at seven months gestation.
If you are reading this and you do not breed alpacas, then I would suggest that you should avoid the photos at the bottom of this blog.
After a very pleasant start to my birthday it has gone downhill rapidly; Silverstream Galaxy ET is one of our elite girls. She is extra special not only because she has fantastic genetics, but because she is just the sweetest female, who has the most adorable cria. Add to that... that she is just the loveliest mum and her cria adore her...then you will understand how upset we all are that she has delived a still born at seven months gestation (due 16/06/2012 taking average gestations for her).
I saw something wasn't quite right as soon as I went out after lunch. She was sitting on her own by the fence. Then as she stood I saw her tail was straight out and I feared the worst. At this stage all that could be seen was a little of the fluid filled sac, but within 20 minutes she had delivered; A male cria who was perfectly formed but with no fleece yet (confirmation that the fleece growth is during the last trimester).
Galaxy obviously knew that the cria could not be viable, as she didn't even get up to check on him for sometime. She just sat and wimpered as I stroked her neck. She did eventually give the cria a sniff, but then quietly walked away up the field. Her grief so apparent.
If someone has any magic way to make this feel better for Mum, and for us, please bottle it and send it over. I try to harden myself up for these eventualities but nothing works...and of course we have to think if only...if only she hadn't galloped at top speed from the furthest away field to be fed this morning...but really we have to accept that loses happen. That is two St Patrick male cria from two of our best females that we have lost so far this year...lets hope for better luck from now on.
I have shared some photos which are not pleasant so please avoid unless you think that you may find them helpful for reference. I did hesitate about whether to share, but I am sure that many of you, like myself, will not have seen a cria born at this stage of development.
Galaxy...the nose is out at this point
Seven months gestation male cria...Blackberry for reference of size
The two horns clearly seen