Pannonia Alpacas Susan and Zoltan Szabo
Pannonia Alpacas
Grants Pass, Oregon 97527
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Birth of an Alpaca
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• Pregnancy usually lasts 11 to 12 months. The gestation is generally about 342 days, but can range from 320 - 380 days.
• Alpacas produce 1 cria per year, very rarely twins
• Birth usually occurs between 8 am and 4 pm so baby will dry off by dark
• Most alpacas do not need assistance at birth
• Newborn alpaca babies (crias) weigh 9-23 lbs;
• Crias are usually standing within an hour and nursing within 4 hours

Following are pictures of the first day of an alpaca. Some of the images may require strong stomach, but most will warm your heart.
Click on each picture to enlarge.
Enjoy.

Alpaca giving birth
As mom trying to find her place, the cria's head pops out.
Alpaca giving birth
First you'll see the head and two toes. Perfect position!
Alpaca giving birth
"Well, if we aren't getting any further, I check the neighbors."
Alpaca giving birth
"How are you doing back there?" It could take about 15 minutes before you see more of the cria.
Alpaca giving birth
"Hm... what is that?"
other moms are curious, too
Alpaca giving birth
Ok, I'm going for a walk.
Alpaca giving birth
Breath... push...
Alpaca giving birth
Oh, the feet are out!
Alpaca giving birth
Look at that!
Alpaca giving birth
Breath... push...
Hanging is supposedly good for the cria... for a few minutes.
Assisting alpaca giving birth
That's enough now. Where have you been?
Don't pull, just hold, let the head hang.
Alpaca gave birth
Sunshine!
Newborn alpaca cria
You're so beautiful!
Newborn alpaca cria
I need a rest.
Newborn alpaca cria
You smell nice, too..
Newborn alpaca cria
Mom's licking cria's lips to "activate" the sucking reflex.
Newborn alpaca cria
Oh, you can stand now!
Newborn alpaca cria nursing
Let's eat! I need that colostrum.
Alpaca passing placenta
Mom's passing the placenta.
Newborn alpaca cria
That little milk made a whole big difference.
Newborn alpaca cria
Now, let's try that walk.
Newborn alpaca cria
Who is this little one?
And how did she get here?
Newborn alpaca cria
Oh, these legs are so much fun!
Newborn alpaca cria nursing
I need a little more fuil.
Alpaca cria meets a puli
Who's your mama?
Newborn alpaca cria
Staying close.
Newborn alpaca cria
Enjoying the sunshine after a little getting to know the world.
Alpaca cria's first morning
Next morning.

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