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Alpaca Mom Bonds with her Cria

Rosie is a first-time alpaca mother who needed a little help learning how to be a mother. The first 24 hours after birth is crucial for a newborn cria (baby) to absorb antibodies from the colostrum (first milk)  of the mother.

Rosie and baby were monitored hourly to make sure that baby was nursing. The following day a blood test was performed on baby to confirm that she had obtained antibodies from her mother which will help protect her from certain diseases.  Test results were positive and the pair was sent home.






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