Ultra had her first cria on Tuesday. With first time moms – you’re never quite sure what you are going to get. Most take to mothering well, some need a little more time to figure out what is expected of them. Ultra did a great job. She loved her cria from the beginning, and didn’t want me messing with her. Yes, the cria is a girl. (Congrats to owner Kaiser Mommy!)
Here’s the little tyke just after birth. Isolde (left) is the welcoming committee. She’s a super maternal female. I think that she would just take over another alpaca’s cria if we ever needed her to, even though she has her own, Tianna.
Cria are so fun to watch. They explore the world just like human babies do. I love watching them learn about new things, whether it’s meeting and bonding with their mom, or trying to figure out what to make of the cat or livestock guard dog.
Here she’s figuring out her legs and what they can do. Right after this picture she jumped into the air, testing them out.
Ultra is feeding her cria well. She’s gaining weight and they are happy as can be! So happy she joined the herd.