|Our first breech baby, this is Tulio, doing|
very well at about 6 wks old here~
|A fuzzy phone pic, but best proof of our |
dual nursing dam~
Our next cria was born about a week later to a first time mom. Sometimes new moms will do things other more experienced moms won't tolerate. She was a great mom to her new cria from the start, let her nurse, had plenty of milk and was very nurturing. Our little breech boy bonded with her new cria immediately. He also learned if he could sidle up next to the new girl when she was nursing he could sneak in and get a little for himself! It is extremely rare for an alpaca mom to let any other cria nurse. Some don't even like other cria around when theirs is nursing. So to watch our little milk thief get away with it was rather humorous, plus we were thrilled to see him getting a little extra to drink. We didn't think this would last, but instead the new mom seemed to start accepting him and just let it continue. Her cria didn't seem to be lacking, it didn't seem to be taking too much of a toll on her so it was truly all good.
Well we all know good things don't always last. After a couple weeks something clicked and she seemed to realize none of the other moms were sharing their milk with other cria. We had been hoping we might have one of those gems who tolerate being surrogate moms, but no, she started to kick him off. Knowing where the milk bar is isn't an easy habit to break. He is constantly at the side of this mom's cria and she seems to help him sneak a drink whenever possible. It still makes us smile when we see him get away with it, his sneakiness and persistence is a marvel.
|The dam is Patience, the black cria is her cria, Trinity. Here is Trinity on|
the lookout while her buddy Tulio sneaks a drink.
|Trinity warning Tulio, drink fast she's catching on!|
|Out of luck~|
|One more try~|