Tuesday, October 27, 2009


Well, it happened again. I got home from work on a cloudy drizzly day, went out to feed and clean up after pacas since Kevin was down in VA Beach on political business. I am carrying seven feed tubs full of paca chow, and what do I see but another bitty baby cria. This one is really early, Annie was not due until 11/17. The cria was so new that she still had afterbirth on her.
Well, as I said, Kevin was almost two hours away and it was drizzly weather. We did have a pen all set up for birthing at least and I did have supplies. I just picked her up and carried her out, Mama Annie followed me quite closely. I put them in their pen, pulled off the afterbirth and dried her up a bit. Finished cutting off the rest of the umbilical cord and put iodine on the stump. Annie is a bit more of a friendly paca than Caitlin was.

She started trying to nurse right away after I put them in the pen. Of course her first attempts were between Annie's front legs, but she did get it right shortly with a bit of a nudge from Mama. We tried to weigh her, but the damn battery in the scale is dead. I will pick one up tomorrow. She is a tiny thing. I will get our vet out ASAP.
Sheesh, my girls are trying to make my "naturally" blond hair turn grey.


  1. Oh YAY!!! I am first. This is very cool. She is adorable.
    Can we name her Leah? I don't know why it just came to me.
    Please pretty please?

  2. Dena, you might have to arm wrestle my daughter for what we will call her, of course she wants her to be called Audrey.

    I was going to try to call you tonight, guess why I didn't?

    I am whipped, going to bed.

  3. OOOHH!!!! Paca baby ! what a cutie ! Glad they seem to both be well.

  4. Gasp! That was so sudden!! Glad she's okay.
    Adorable InCriaDible!

    Kudos to CCC, calm cool Paca Leader. I betcha Annie was grateful you were there to help.

  5. I feel for you, what horrible weather to welcome babies in. Seems like that what when all my goat babies call, cold and rainy weather makes no fun sleeping in the barn.
    Good Momma Annie and baby Audrey Leah.

  6. Oh my gosh!
    What a bitsy bundle of cute!
    Hey, that says something-she gave birth by herself with no issue! Thats excellent!

    That picture needs to be sent to cuteoverload.

  7. awwwwwwwww.

    Cria Craving Completed!

  8. That is adorable! So tiny! Too bad they are not snugglers--too hard to resist. How many more do you have on the way?

  9. Phaedra, we have three more on the way. Two due in November and one due in late January.

    I intend to work with our cria so that they are people friendly. Not that they will want to climb in my lap or anything, but they can be quite friendly.

  10. Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!

    To HHF Clare.

    She is so beautiful!