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Legs Emerge

The alpaca birthing process requires that the cria be properly aligned to make its exit. This means that it must present itself head first, belly down, and with its front legs extended over its head. This will be readily apparent.

The Crias Legs Emerge

10:45 AM - The cria's head is fully exited and its legs are showing. At this point we were not sure that the legs were properly aligned, but trusting nature we chose to observe. At this point fluid was draining from the cria's lungs and it was showing us the first signs of life, moving its lips.

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"The llama is the domesticated descendant of the guanaco, and the alpaca of the vicuna...we know that these animals were systematically bred and selected many centuries ago..."

- Charles Darwin
The Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication
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