1 + 1 Well, in October 2013 we purchased 2 alpacas.
1 + 1 + 1 Miranda, the female, was pregnant when we got her, and gave birth to her male cria, Minky, in March last year.
1 + 1 + 1 - 1 We discovered that the male we originally purchased was related to Miranda so trying to breed the two of them was out of the question. The breeder was most apologetic and without hesitation told us she would replace the male.
1 + 1 + 1 - 1 + 2 So, on the 27th February we "swopped" out the sibling male for Rupert - a two year old alpaca.
|Carlotta a.k.a. Carly on the left,|
and inquisitive Rupert on the right
So we purchased Carlotta. Carlotta is such a mouthful, so she is now known as Carly.
|Miranda "investigating" her new paddock|
Miranda came to the fence to greet Rupert, who was first out of the horsebox.
|It's just a kiss to the right...|
|... and then a kiss to the left.|
Co-incidentally, we now have a brown and white alpaca in either paddock.
Apart from a bit of a testosterone reaction on Rupert's part towards Minky, everyone seems to be getting on happily.
It's really lovely to see two alpacas in either paddock grazing literally right next to each other.
As for Rupert - his testosterone levels will hopefully drop in the next couple of weeks - once he has "done the deed" with Miranda. Carly - we're hoping to keep her to breed with Minky next year. No cross breeding will thus take place :)