Georgina of Les Fragnes was born today – very quickly We’ve been checking mum Gabby several times an hour for a couple of weeks now, knowing that baby was due any day. But she sneakily gave birth in between our visits!
Anyway, Georgina is almost pure white, which is quite a surprise given that dad Bernard is black and Gabby has apricot mottling. You’ll remember Victoria was born just over a fortnight ago. Georgina is both Victoria’s aunt and half-sister. But there’s not much family resemblance.
Here are some photos. Georgie was rather floppy to start with, but after Benj and Caiti dried her and warmed her up in the sun, she perked up and was soon up on her feet. In no time at all she was suckling and investigating the world. Tonight she’s tucked up with mum in the stable in her cosy coat.
She’s a very tall baby llama, a good few centimetres bigger than Victoria. We’ll take some measurements tomorrow – if she’ll co-operate!
Another quick update. Good news. Victoria is now feeding from mum. I went in on Monday morning with her next bottle, and there she was, merrily suckling away. She gave me and the goat’s milk a withering look! So that was a huge relief. Hopefully all will go well from now on. Victoria has a short daily outing to stretch her legs in the field but we’re keeping her and Katrina in the stable until it warms up and dries out.
Here’s Victoria enjoying a brief interlude of sunshine.
We’re now awaiting the next cria. Gabby, Victoria’s granny, is due any minute now. So I must quickly make another cria coat and get some colostrum from the vet’s and goat’s milk from Carrefour … just in case this new one is another Victoria.
We’ve had a baby explosion at Les Fragnes. Two litters of guinea pigs and one rabbits have been born in the last two days. And this morning Victoria the llama arrived. She is so named because today is Victory in Europe Day. We were about to set off to the ceremony in Nouzerines when we spotted that Katrina was in labour.
Here are mother and daughter having their first proper look at each other!
Update, Sunday 9 May. Victoria is still steadfastly refusing to suckle so we have been feeding her on colostrum and now goat’s milk. That’s supplemented by as much llama milk as we can get from Katrina. She is being so patient with us. Llamas are not the easiest creatures to milk – their teats are very small and positioned very high up between their back legs. Very tricky to get at, which partly explains Victoria’s struggles.
I witnessed the birth of an Association today. Like many births, it started out well enough but soon got complicated and painful! But I think that’s normal for France.
The Maire of Nouzerines invited the commune’s residents to a meeting to establish an Asso to raise funds to restore our lovely church of Saint Clair. This eleventh to twelfth century church is always referred to as ‘remarquable’ in literature about it, because of its pure Roman style. Like many churches with wooden spires, it has a wonky look as the wood has twisted over the years. Its transept and chevet have been given protected status as they are such fine architectural examples.