A Yellow Cria?

Posted by Stephen Mulholland May 19, 2013 0 Comment 2738 views

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As anyone who has tried breeding camelids knows, the colour genetics of these lovely animals can be rather complex. When birth time comes, and the cria just starts to poke out its little nose, I wait in anxious curiosity to see what colour (or colours) have resulted.

In November 2012 one of our alpacas was giving birth, and I was lucky enough to be in the paddock at the time. The head emerged, and it was bright yellow!  I knew immediately something odd was going on. The cria was alive and vigorous, so I ran back and got the camera to record the event. When I returned the head and legs were out, and moment later an apparently healthy, and very yellow, boy was on the ground.


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