Our newest cria was born on July 5, 2012, very early in the morning, out of our dam, Tehya.
We went to see fireworks on the evening of July 4th. It had been a record breaking extremely hot day. In fact that afternoon when I was hosing the girls off I noticed that Tehya's back end was quite loose, but she wasn't acting in labor. I hoped she'd wait until after this hot spell. I was sure to hose her off really good and get her as cool and comfortable as I could. We got home quite late, checked on the alpacas and went to bed.
We slept a little later than usual given our late night, I woke up to J saying "there is an afterbirth out there and I don't see a baby!" He could see Tehya, and knew by the fact her belly was smaller that it was her who had delivered. I got dressed as J rushed outside to check on this baby. He calls back to me saying, "it's black and it's a girl!" This is my dream cria!!! I said, "Is this for real, or am I dreaming?" It was for real.
We named her OHVNA Koko
OHVNA = Oak Haven Alpacas
Koko = Native American for "night" ~ she was born overnight and she is dark like night
For each of our breeding females we have a theme that we name their offspring. Tehya is Native American for "Precious" and her theme is Native American names.
Here is Tehya and Koko:
Here is Stormy checking out the newest herd member (notice the size difference):
Raspberry never likes to have her picture taken, but I did manage to get this one of her on one side of Tehya and Koko on the other:
Having a cria born during this super hot spell, means that we are keeping an extra close eye on her. In these temps a young cria can dehydrate too fast. Tehya is an attentive mom, and we are doing all we can to help her along.