Cast - Me (Mum) and 18y.o Daughter
Starring - Acua 11y.o female Alpaca
|Acua - the assumed matriarch!|
When Daughter or I go out, Acua sees us and then runs to a nearby fence to peer over it. The herd are then torn between going to see what Acua is doing and coming to us for food. Well, the buckets win of course, Alpacas are greedy! Acua is not happy with this so she then bounds in front of the rest to reach me first and sniff my face. Once we have all the Alpacas sorted and assigned to their buckets, I usually talk to all of the girls and touch their backs (to which they have become accustomed), whilst Daughter manages the two boys. Lucky has been the only girl I can't touch as she is just too timid, but she will allow me to crouch next to her bucket and just gives me the 'arched eyebrow' everytime she brings her head up. Alpaca lady said that Lucky was always very timid, so I am going slow with her.
Acua, however, is simply in my face and raises her tail at all times near me. If I am crouched down she stands with her head over me and tries to raise her foot on me. I have seen this behaviour repeated with 15y.o son and Daughter. I have told her off, but yesterday I decided to re-establish the hierarchy. I coaxed Acua into the pen with a bucket, so there was KayJay, Hamish and Sherman in with her. Daughter and I tried to catch Acua, being wary of her back legs as she kicks. Acua kept swinging her backside around, to ensure that we were always behind her, and the other Alapcas kept getting in the way.
|Once haltered, Acua kept trying to push her head into me - hence the hold just under her cheek.|
|Not happy but haltered!|