Did you know?...
Alpacas have very long gestation periods and "Unpacking" (birthing) should occur between 9am and 2pm - outside of these times can mean there is a problem. If in doubt, call the vet!
Alpacas are non-seasonal breeders but have better conception rates in spring and autumn. Pregnancy duration range is 11-13 months (commonly 345 -355 days).
Sometimes it's nice to work outside your usual comfort zone, and tackle something a bit more challenging, just to keep the old brain cells ticking along. Ella was just such a case. Ella was a five week old alpaca who sustained a nasty fracture to the hindleg. Four weeks of casting appeared to have done the trick, but on removing the cast she was so happy with her new leg that she promptly jumped in the air and broke it again. This time she stuck the bone through the skin, hooked a piece of skin under the end, and pulled that into the leg, thus setting up a beautiful infected, unstable, compound fracture.