Raising Alpacas: Suri Alpaca Baby Orphan Part 1
Our alpaca baby unfortunately became an orphan at 36 hours when his sweet mom passed away unexpectedly. We were in shock but started to bottle feed little Milano every few hours. Alpaca babies are not good candidates for bottle feeding especially male crias. They can have behavioral problems if handled too much. We have been super careful and started to record our journey as it is relatively rare to have an orphaned alpaca baby.
In the 12 years we've raised alpacas, this is our first orphan. I waited until he was growing into a very healthy well-adjusted baby before sharing this video as I couldn't handle another heartache in the event he didn't make it either.
As of March 2020, Milano is gaining weight better than many of our babies and is very happy with his herd. His full sister in the video, Sophie, has really taken on a loving role and is always with him. Dezi, who initially stepped up to be with him 24/7 has also been amazing. The herd has been incredible and it is empowering to see the resilience Milano shows us daily. Animals teach us so much.
We all miss his mom, Star, but under these circumstances, I don't think things could have gone better. We feel very blessed with all the support, assistance and guidance from everyone- thank you from the bottom of my heart!
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Audio is from the generous Youtube Audio Library :) Thank you!
Editing done in Openshot- an open source editing software. Thanks for making it available cool folks! And graphics are done in picmonkey. I am still learning all of this (although quite the expert poop scooper! hahah) so please enjoy the content and cross your fingers each of my videos will improve! Much much love from the farm! Keiko