Newborn baby alpaca, looks like a black lump
weight about 15 pounds.
Spring break, 2007. Nicole and I went to Bayview State Park Beach and then we went to Chuckanut Alpaca farm. We arrived at the farm to find, the owners very excited about a baby arriving. Nicole and I stayed to wait for the new baby. The Mom alpaca, all black was surrounded by the herd, delivered a little black girl alpaca. Then the herd spread out to let the Mom and baby bond.
Nicole wanted to wait and see her first steps. So, we are hanging out in the pasture, sometimes the other alpacas would come close for a pet on the head. Their fur is very soft, as all you knitters know. I decide I should tell Nicole about the afterbirth. After a debate in my mind, how best to cover this subject. I said to Nicole, you know, the sack that the baby lived in is going to come out of the Mom. Nicole looks up at me, with her wise eyes and said "I know". So, I concluded the discussion, I didn't want you to get grossed out.
The baby took a few wobbly steps, then would lay down and rest. We stayed about an hour and half, until the new baby alpaca took a few solid steps. At this point, all the other alpacas came back to check out the newborn. The Chuckanut Alpaca farm is near Bow, Wa on Chuckanut Drive, the owners are very friendly and love to show folks their alpacas. They have a gift shop, too. Nicole choose a stuffed bear, made with alpaca fur. They did name the baby alpaca, Nicole. So, spring break 2008, Nicole and I went back to see the alpaca, she is full size. Of course, we checked out the gift shop again.