This page contains a sequence of pictures from a normal alpaca birth.
A little lie down and roll to reposition
There it comes. Legs pop out beyond the head
What are you doing back there with all that sputtering?
Up and alert, and mom is back to grazing
Head presented nose down. Often baby is breathing and sputtering at this time. All perfectly normal.
Shoulders are beginning to make it through pelvis. Note baby is at a 45 degree angle to get shoulders through the widest point of the pelvis.
Shoulders are through and baby is hanging down. This helps drain any fluid out of the mouth and lungs. Human help at this point is unnecessary and actually detrimental to cria
Hips are through and cria falls to ground.
You can clearly see the membrane that completely covers the cria.
As the cria wiggles the membrane tears away easily.
AH! first good stretch in months!
10 minutes old and already trying to sit up
Here are the booties that cover the toenails and protect the womb from being punctured
15 minutes and she is already sternal
Up and nursing. Tail curved over back
This birth took about 45 minutes from active labor to cria on the ground. We are so very happy to have these pictures as we lost the mom Raya in 2005. Her daughter above, Mahogany Rose, is still here and a wonderful reminder of how special her mom was.