OUR SMALL HERD

Our four boys came from Ardo Alpacas in Aberdeenshire. We are not alpaca breeders and have our boys purely as pets. Our experience is that you don't need to be a breeder and that a 'batchelor herd' can give much pleasure to the owner. We have 8 acres including our big garden and grazing for the boys, 15 miles north of Inverness, Scotland. I spin, knit, felt and crochet with the fleece from the boys.

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Sunday, 23 February 2014

Tooth fairy visit

Wee Eck with head adornment!  Followers of this blog will know that Eck has always had a baby tooth lodged in front of his main teeth and that if he stood in the shadows or against a black background it was hard to see the animal but easy to see the one glowing white tooth!  Have a look at the thumb-print photo of him (Echo - his real name!) on the right of this page. However this week we've discovered that the tooth fairy has visited and Eck has now lost the baby tooth. We haven't found it but suspect that he dislodged it on a fence post as he often nibbles on them.  It's taken a long time to go as he is now about 6 years old.
Another shot of Eck and his long eye lashes, but no protruding tooth.  He looks very much like his dad, Aymara Gottit who was previously with our herd.  Wee Eck is one of those alpacas with curls covering almost the whole face including the cheeks and at this time of year and before shearing, looks very attractive. We noticed today that he is scratching one ear so we'll get the boys in the pen and have a look at him - just as soon as it stops raining!
Mid week and the boys knew they were going onto new grass - don't ask me how they know, they just line up at the gate on the day we've decided to move them!  They are very inquisitive and observant animals.
Open the gate and there is a mad dash onto fresh grass - a chance to start jumping around and show that they are happy!
And then there is a chance to be re-acquainted with their field shelters in the top paddocks and they all take a turn to have a roll.  Fidget is about to roll with Rufus (left) and Wee Eck looking on.
And finally.............Gully is about to have a roll but he looks as if he's got a leg down a rabbit hole and searching for bunnies!  Fyta is just in front of the camera.  Have a good week and hope it's dry where you are.

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