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Alpacas gestate for 11-12 months. The wait is long. On our farm we take a break from birthing July-October because of the weather. It has been awhile since we’ve had a cria (baby alpaca) born here.
So Bella picked this lovely Autumn day to give birth to a precious little male cria. My daughter commented, “What a great day to be born.” Bella’s due date was not for 2 more days, but no problems for this early bird. We looked out in the field around 9am, and there he was. No drama. Just an 18lb. healthy grey baby boy. Grey alpacas often have what we call a tuxedo pattern, which is white on the face and front of the neck, while the body is grey. This little guy is sired by our own Luminescence, and he’s wonderful.
More pictures and a debate going over his name on Alpaca Farmgirl.