Tuesday, 1 April 2008
A Little Alpaca Story!!!
In 2005 my sister and her husband sold everything to start up an Alpaca Farm in a field not far from where I live. Sadly not Long after making this life changing decision she was diagnosed with a brain tumour.
Andrea and her family decided to go ahead with their decision to start up the Alpaca farm and in April 2005 she had an operation to have the tumour removed.
The same day she had her operation my niece and I went back to the farm to feed the animals to find this tiny little scrap had been born. He was the first baby to be born on the farm, he had been born very early and was a total surprise it was very cold for April and we didn't know if he would survive the night. Emily and I spent the next week trying to keep him alive not knowing anything about baby Alpaca's and how to go about hand rearing we sought out the experience of a local sheep farmer, not wanting to worry my sister we didn't tell her he had been born until we were happy he had a good chance of surviving. Emily and I bottle fed him for several days traipsing up and down a cold dark field in the middle of the night to give him a bottle, he had no sucking reflex because he came so early.
Little Hugh ( named after the surgeon who performed my sisters operation) went from strength to strength and my sister came through her operation not completely unscathed but alive... she was left unable to walk properly but she is able to get about just a little slower.
They are now in their third year of running the farm and lots of baby's have been born since but Hugh will always have a special place in my heart!! he now lives with a new family and is kept as a pet with 2 other Alpaca's and is very spoilt!!
Michello from Stamps, Paper, Scissors and Donkey Smiles has inspired me to share this with you, I love reading about her Donkeys and her love for them.