She had been humming strangely all morning, rolling on the ground, then getting up, then cushing, then getting up again, over and over again. After 3 trips to the midden in quick succession we knew something was about to happen. At 10.37 she started straining, as though she was at her midden. Initially, she was in her stable, but suddenly she walked out and went to her favourite spot between her and Kris' paddock.
Back legs straddled, neck pointing straight out horizontally, Foothills Michael started appearing, a hoof at a time. Miranda tried to cush, and that's when RMan stepped in...
Then we heard Michael's gasps - he's breathing... :)
A bit of assistance in helping Michael fully emerge, and it was all over within 20 minutes.
So - with no further ado, may I introduce to you all, Foothills Michael, a healthy 8.0kg bouncing, brown baby cria.
|Foothills Michael in all|
We have named him Foothills Michael in honour of our grandson, who sent me a text out of the blue this morning asking if the cria was born yet. We have decided to keep the M-prefix so that we can identify the lineage in the future, in order to keep the bloodline clean.
I'm not going to say much now, just enjoy the pics :)
|Just as he was born|
|Miranda checking that everything's OK with her|
|"Hello there, my little one. Glad to finally meet|
you after all these months" :)
|It's warmer for him in the stable|
|Michael's first steps|
|"Oh, wow - it's big out here. Mum, look, oh look..."|
|So much to see...|
|Within 65 minutes of being born, Michael had|
already found the midden and proceeded to
empty his bladder.
|How adorable is this picture :)|
Michael coming to meet and greet his midwifewhile Miranda keeps a careful eye on him.
If he wanders near Kris, Miranda immediately
runs up and steers Michael away / spits at Kris
|"Mum, do you mind if I have a little rest?"|
|"Ah, yes - food!"|
(colostrum actually, but it is vitally important
for the cria in the first 36 hours of life)
With all the heat we've had recently, Miranda chose to give birth to her son on an drizzly, overcast day when the temperature was 17oC. Not the warmest. Shame, the little cria was shivering madly, so we boiled the kettle and wrapped towels round it, to use them to warm him up.
Within 5 minutes of being born, the cria was already attempting to stand, succeeding at that when he was 15 minutes old.
He battled to find the teats - even with RMan's "guidance" - only having his first drink at 2 hours old. But, now he's an old pro at that already.
It is amazing. Within 65 minutes of being born, the cria was emptying his bladder at the midden (how's that for instinct?!) and an hour and a half after being born he was already romping round the paddock. Miranda passed her afterbirth (which must be burnt or well buried so as not to attract predators) and she's toddling round like nothing has happened.
A treat consisting of a helping of freshly grated carrot mixed with a portion of maintenance meal was scoffed down in an instant :)
|You would not believe how utterly soft|
and cuddly his fur is. As long as we
crouch down both Miranda and Michael
are happy to walk up to us.
Miranda was amazing.
Me, I was a complete waste of space. Utterly useless.
RMan, bless him, was the midwife and paediatrition.
I have discovered that when it comes to humans in distress I have no problem, and RMan falls apart. But, animals - nada! I'm a shaking bundle of panic...
A right pair of Mutt and Jeff we are LOL And very, very happy and excited Mutt and Jeff :)
If I knew how to upload to Youtube, I'd be able to show you Foothills Michael's first foray in the paddock. No promises, I will try...