Mary and Louis Sachs who live in Bozman, Maryland,
on the eastern shore of Maryland across the bay from Washington, D.C.
sent us a number of photos of their female llama, Strawberry Swirl, giving birth.
We were so impressed with their photos that we thought we should share them
and hope that you find them useful.
Strawberry started labor at 3:00 p.m. and the birthing process took about 45 minutes.
This is exactly what you want to see, both front feet and the head out.
Notice the booties on the feet. These protect the uterus from being punctured by the cria's feet while in the womb.
The cria hit the ground in the middle of the dung pile!
Mary said she was afraid he had broken his neck. Her husband picked up the cria and moved it to the grassy area.
The placenta is starting to emerge.
The placenta may hang for quite a while, this one took forty-five minutes to finally drop out completely.
The cria is up on his feet, still a little shaky, but will be trying to nurse very soon.
Andrew, named after one of their grandsons, weighed twenty pounds
and was born on June 2, 2001.
Thanks again to Mary Sachs for providing these great photos.
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