Happy Birthday

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!

Hi! Who are you?

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.

Caitlin busy milking Katrina

0 Replies to “Happy Birthday”

  1. Hope Victoria is doing OK. I have to admit to a strange fascination with Alpacas since I first saw one in deepest Somerset about a decade ago. Now in France I have enough space but the wife won’t let me have any until the renovation is finished – can’t blame her really!

    I look forward to hearing more.

    1. Hi Frank. It’s not strange to be fascinated by alpacas – they’re really lovely animals, as are llamas. And great at keeping the grass neat and tidy tell your wife! Victoria is now suckling from mum and is a real livewire. Hopefully all will go well from now on. We are waiting for another cria any day now. Exciting if exhausting times!
      Very best wishes, Stephanie

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