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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Unauthorized birth

This is Lucky Nickel, with an important announcement, I guess, if you listen to Claire that is, which I sort of do, when I have to...

Claire said I should do a blog about the new birth on the farm.  Did you hear that?  Yup...new birth.  And I know you're probably asking yourself right now...as I did....who authorized that?  Because let me tell you, I, Lucky Nickel, did NOT sign off on any paperwork on this.  I would definitely remember having done that, because it would have taken some deep goat thoughts on my part, to decide if I felt that was a good idea or not.  You remember the other llama baby we had back in January?  His name is Stormy.
Yeah, he's a lot bigger now, and I think he might have authorized it because they came from the same Dad.  You know, Kahlua, that big brown llama guy.  I think it was a conspiracy.

But, you know, Claire is the provider of the treats.  So I feel a little obligated about this "announcement" that she wants me to do.  I will try to be nice about it.

So, suddenly, before I even knew what was happening, there was a kerfuffle over towards the area of the llamas.  I could have told Claire what was going on, but ooooh no, she was in the house studying, and you know if you bother her while she is studying, she gets this mad face on and has a little fit and comes outside waving her arms around and complaining about too much bleating.  Well, I could have told her, but I thought better of it.

Later when she comes outside, she goes all ballistic about this thing in the llama pen.  I had to come over and pretend to be surprised.  "Oh gee, when did that get there?"
So Claire is just staring at it because she can't even believe it happened, and I'm waiting for her to get over her little moment of shock.  Humans can be so predictable.  She makes all kinds of squealing noises and rushes off to get the little black clicky box thing...she's obsessed with it.  Then she has to go pick up this wet, squirmy animal and announce to nobody in particular that it's a boy.  I mean, I already knew that, and the mother llama, Cabernet, already knew that too, so I don't know why Claire thought it was necessary, but anyway, she said it was a boy.

Seriously, look at this.  What is there to squeal about when this creature can't even stand properly on its own 4 feet?  How clumsy can an animal be?  I never did this...
Anyway, that first day was pretty boring, because Claire just kept coming down to look at it and squeal at it and I was totally being ignored.  Typical.  She gave it some milk too, out of MY BOTTLE!  I definitely never authorized that.  I would not want my bottle being contaminated by llama spit.  For some reason, I don't get my bottle any more.  I think Claire has forgotten.  I tried to get it when she was taking it to the llama and she told me to be good!  Can you imagine?!  I don't know what came over her.
So then today, it was a little better.  This morning, I went to check out the new arrival in more detail.  Did you know they call a baby llama a "cria?"  I mean, what kind of word is that?  Me, when I was a baby, I was a "kid."  Now that is a nice easy word.  Anyway, I was not at all sure about this cria thing.
He has kind of messy looking fur, and he isn't very graceful.  I am so attractive, it is hard for any creature to be measured against me, but really, this one is particularly awkward looking.  I think he needs to go to a groomer or something.
Claire was particularly excited this morning about the cria nursing by himself.  Big whoopie.  I prefer bottles.
After the cria nurses, he acts like it's some big accomplishment, because then he has to go have a little lie-down, as if it was an exhausting feat to do this simple task.  I know he's doing it for the attention.  He's just jealous of me.  But, his mom, Cabernet, she encourages it!  I mean, talk about LAZY!!!
The cria can't even do his own thing.  He has to look just like his mom.
The sheep were a little bit curious about it.  Really, you can't blame them.  Sheep are kind of dense that way.  They can never figure out what is going on and you can see here, they think that the cria is a lamb.  Even though none of them remember giving birth or anything, they figure it might be theirs.  I can't even imagine what goes on inside their heads...oh...well, nothing obviously.
Oh yeah.  Claire says the cria has "such beautiful eyes" and she looks all gooey when she says that, like she might melt or something.  Whatever.
Anyway, that's about all there is to say about it.  I don't see what the big deal is.  I mean, it's not like it's going to get to sleep in the house, like I did.  I was waaaay more special.  But I guess it's sort of cute.  Maybe.  If you like that sort of thing.

19 comments:

Jennifer said...

Awww.. how cute! He is really adorable. Congrats on the new farm addition! I really enjoyed reading about it from this perspective, how funny!

IsobelleGoLightly said...

Ooooh! Lucky Nickel, what a great surprise! I'm kind of glad we don't have spindly furry things dropping out of the sky here. Too much competition for beautiful goats! My lady would be ooooh-ing and aaah-ing over it too. I had to listen to her doing that over the photographs! Sheesh. She says congratulations and it's a beautiful little boy!

Flartus said...

Oh, Lucky Nickel, you're such a hoot! But I think I've gotta side with Claire on this one--that is one adorable baby.

Millie said...

Very beautiful! I just love the picture of Lucky Nickel checking out the baby.

Knatolee said...

Oh my, that is the most adorable blog post I've seen in ages!! Love the new baby.

The Chicken Keepers said...

Oh, sooo cute! I love the last picture of the post, really cute!

The Chicken Keepers
thechickenkeepers.blogspot.com

Spinners End said...

Oh Lucky Nickel...you sound just a wee bit put out by this momentus occasion! What a lovely surprise for your Miss Claire! It is so hard to tell when llamas are pregnant...

:) Enjoy!!

polly's path said...

The new baby is totally adorable, almost as adorable as you, LN.
You still got it, no matter what anyone says.

Aimee said...

What a great surprise! Congratulations

Mom L said...

Don't worry, Lucky Nickel, you are still the most beautiful one on the farm (well, next to your lady!) and you are definitely the luckiest one. I think this cria dropped into the pasture out of the sky just to give you another chance to show off your writing skills! Good job!

Joanna@BooneDocksWilcox said...

Has Claire named him yet? Sauvignon? Franc?

Chai Chai said...

Wow, I had no idea that llamas were so thin at birth.

Foothills Poultry said...

Congrats on the new arrival.

~~Matt~~

Texan said...

ohhhhh my gosh!!! Cuteness I tell you, just cuteness!!!

Congratulations on the new arrival!!

Farmgirl_dk: said...

Oh myyyyy...what wonderful pictures. I totally understand about black box obsessions. lol
I love the shot of Lucky Nickel and the new cria together...they are both soooo beautiful.
Congratulations on another successful baby, Claire! I just can't imagine being around a little llama so small!

Adirondackcountrygal said...

What a nice surprise!

Pam in Wisconsin said...

Very sweet new addition. I especially like the pic of mamma and baby resting together. Congratulations!

Animals with Opinions said...

nooooooo!!!!!!!!! just fabulous, the human is "awwing" about that spitting beast!! this must stop claire. im fighting a fiber wool here and you just keep pushing out these fiber delicacies(that looks spelled wrong). i already heard her talking about alpaca ownership. ugh!
lucky nickel, you are a fine specimen if i ever saw one. my human likes white goats. im sorry about you having to live with those creatures. ignore claire and she will come around. surely since you were a house goat you have some heart pull. my humans first goat was a house goat and she still treats him like a big baby. well keep the beasts in line. if you need any advice i recently took care of a sheep invasion so im well trained. good day to ya!

gerald the majestic goat

denise f said...

Oh, Lucky Nickel, are you sure it was the birth that was unauthorized, or perhaps an earlier event?