We were done our shearing 2-3 weeks earlier than usual because of the weather. Then we delivered three girls sold to a farm nearby. We also delivered two breeding males to them to use for the summer.
This is MHA Benecio (Ben) and MHA Awesome Carmel (Carmel) doing a little neck-wrestling. Alpaca necks are incredibly muscular and strong.
This game ends with one screeching male running around the pastures, with the other hot on his heel, screeching and trying to bite his butt.
In the end, you have two out of breath males, nostril-flaring and dripping green spit from their lips. At least one will have some other guy's tail fibres stuck in his teeth.
Yep, nothing like walking by the girls area covered in green smelly slime with fibre stuck in your teeth to try to win a date.
I've seen a big rabbit hanging around my yard and a doe with a very new fawn just outside the pastures. Nature is watching for my garden harvest!
Unfortunately, as I write this, I haven't seen the groundhog pups for several days. They were running around the yard for a couple days and then we found a blood-covered site where one likely was attacked by a predator. The next day, I saw the mama groundhog sitting up by her hole looking anxiously around. She wasn't moving when she saw me. I am hoping that she was able to save some of her pups by moving them onto a different hole, if indeed a skunk or fox has gotten a pup. Perhaps she moved them because the rain was flooding her den.
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