President’s Day was busy at our house. Our twins were in a Mardi Gras parade so we were off the farm most of the day. We came back to find an unexpected cria. None of our dams were due for a few more days so we weren’t really looking for any new cria…
Yet here was one. He was so cute. All wet and shiny out in the sunny, chilly day. I ran to the barn to get some towels to dry him off. He looked to be a beige male, full brother to last year’s Clark. As I sat at my desk in my office writing down the new cria’s vital statistics on his new chart, the Artist opened the door and said, “Well, I guess since it’s President’s Day we could name them Abraham Lincoln and George Washington or something.”
Everyone at my house is always trying to name the cria. I had already chosen a name for this little beige cria, and I was about to write that name on the chart. So I was trying to think of a diplomatic way to tell him that: 1. I already named this cria, and 2. there would only be one cria today, because there were no other alpacas due. (I am such a know it all)
My head was still bent over the desk as I heard him in the doorway clear his throat again and say, “Well, we are going to have TWO placentas…”
At this point a question bubble must have appeared above my head and I finally looked up from my paperwork. I turned and saw him standing in the doorway holding another cria! This one was completely dry, older somehow, yet newborn.
“Is it a girl?” I asked.
“I have no idea.” he answered.
I lifted up the tail as he was holding her, and screamed with joy, “It’s a girl!” No Abraham Lincoln here. Trying to think of a woman President, my mind thought, “Hilary, wait no, she never got elected…”
So we chose…George and Martha as their names to honor our first President and his wife.
I am a big fan of George Washington. I love that he was a farmer and love reading about him and his life. I admire him and what he stood for. George is the perfect name for this little alpaca who is turning into quite a force. Martha suits the little girl quite well too.
We were so blessed with these wonderful cria on President’s Day.
Apparently Martha arrived early in the day, dried herself off, made herself at home, and needed no human intervention at all even though it was a chilly February day – Rock On GIRL!
And George is a star himself. An awesome boy with fleece that is out of this world. He has a cool beard of fiber and he is personality plus. I feel bad that I was disappointed for a minute that he was a boy because now he is really bringing it. George has definitely won my heart!
I call George and Martha my “day twins” because even though they aren’t related at all, they were born on the same day and lived in the same pen for many days. They are in tune with each other like twins are, and have a special bond.
Do you know animals who have a special bond or who were born close to each other? Leave a comment and tell us about them.