Meet the Herd: the Girls . . .
Chanel #5 is a real sweetheart! Along with Andina, she was one of our first alpacas. Chanel is a favorite among visitors, often allowing visitors to take selfies with her and pet her at length. She and her daughter, Annabel, are our best PR alpacas!
Annabel Lee was the first cria born here on our farm, and one of our favorites. She's also a sweetie like her mom Annabel is loveable and enjoys attention and touching. This photo was taken on a very "good hair day!" Of course, for alpacas, every day is a "good hair day" as their topknot is always in style!
Topaz came to our farm in December 2016. She was born in 1996 in Chile, and is the second oldest herd member. With a sweet personality, and an expression that will melt your heart, Topaz quickly became a farm favorite! She has a quirky habit of taking sticks she finds and "drawing" with them in the sand, using her mouth. :)
Princess Leia came to our farm along with Topaz (above). She is a beauty! Although she is very skittish and won't allow you to touch her, she will definitely take carrots from visitors! We are hoping that eventually Princess Leia will learn to not be afraid of human touch.
Leah (front) and her mom, Victory have both had lovely girl crias for us (Cara Mara and Michaela). Both ladies are rather shy, but still curious. Tory, especially, is a huge fan of getting hosed off on hot summer days.
Zelda, also Chanel's offspring, has lovely, soft, very dense fleece, and is one of our finest alpacas. She is also very friendly with her "kisses," and is always so curious about the camera, that it's difficult to get a good photo of her!
Miss Sera had fleece two inches long at birth! It continues to grow exceptionally long every year. Sera is very shy, and often averts her eyes when you get close to her. Still, she's right there at the fence getting her share of carrots when visitors arrive! Not too timid for a snack!
Maybelline (born in 2011), was named for her lovely eye makeup! She's such a cutie - unfortunately, she was born with a genetic defect that means she shouldn't be bred. She's all grown up now and has become one of our feistiest alpacas, especially at feeding time!
Michaela (also born in 2011), is Maybelline's buddy. She's a little more timid with people than her friend, but she has beautiful thick fleece, and a rich, brown color.
Cara Mara (born in 2011), had a little bit of a rough start, as her mom's (Leah) milk hadn't yet come in. So she needed bottlefeeding with colostrum, yogurt, and goatsmilk for a few days to start. She was small at birth (just 13 lbs.), but has grown into one of our most "chunky" alpacas - usually around 170 pounds!
We remember Andina . . .
Andina was our oldest alpaca, born in 1996 in Chile. She was the matriarch of the females for many years, and possibly the smartest of the whole herd. Andina passed away in June 2017, at the age of 21. It is our hope that she is enjoying grazing and sunbathing in green pastures somewhere over the "rainbow bridge."