Well, that was the case until yesterday morning...a very foggy morning...a morning where I was the one closing the gate...and there was Chaska (382 days gestation) sitting just outside the door..."what are you doing out here Chaska?"..."and whose is that cria that you have?"..."OMG it's yours!!" Yes sitting kushed and looking like it was at least a week old, was a dark fawn female. Yipee Chaska...a change from the two white males (from fawn sires) we have had so far.
Now I had a bit of a dilemma as I didn't actually know when the cria had been born, so I guessed by the fact that she was partially dry but not completely, that it would have been around 5am. Why this was an issue was because she didn't drink...she didn't even try to suckle...she ran around...but didn't go anyway near the udder. So decision made, she was given cows colostrum which she took readily from a bottle. It wasn't until 6pm that she actually figured out where the milk bar was. In my experience the crias who have had an extra long gestation period are often rather dopey (technical term) and I think this combined with the fact that Chaska was tired and kept sitting down meant that we were right to intervene earlier rather than later to ensure adequate passive transfer.