Hi, folks, I just had to tell this! We went down to the barn this morning for the AM chores and there he was - a brand new baby alpaca! He was just brand new, still wet and trying to stand. I called a friend who's had a lot of births on her farm and she came over and calmed me down and helped me get him up and dry. He's running around the pasture with Mom right now. I had been studying the field manuals, and I had pretty well memorized the drill (dip the cord, etc.) but of course it all flew out of my head. The thing I was most worried about was a having to deal with a difficult delivery but, oh well, looks like everything went along just fiine without my help. I suppose after a few more births I'll get to be pretty cavalier about it, but this was really something. At least Mom waited until the rain stopped to bring the baby!