|Minky - just after birth|
|Minky - in all his|
Minky has certainly grown. And then some...
|This pic is deceptive - his coat has grown...|
and even his face is covered with a blanket.
Just as well - it helped to keep him warm
on the coldest nights this winter
|Because Minky is so tame, he insists on "smelling"|
your face whenever you enter the paddock and has
the gentlest nose that you ever felt :)
I have read on quite a few alpaca websites that alpaca's don't like to have their heads or necks touched - obviously Minky hasn't been told that alpaca trait! There's nothing he likes more than a good rub of the fur on his neck or on top of his head.
|Minky's not too keen on the water splaching on|
his legs or feet - it makes him flick his
feet - maybe it tickles LOL
|"Give us a drink, RMan"!!|
With the drought we have been
experiencing, RMan was watering their paddock
with the water from the rain tank. Minky
rushed up and shoved his mouth in the streaming
|Mother and son - what a difference!!|
He is obviously going through the Terrible Two's / Troublesome Three's and the moody teenager phase - out of the blue he has been known to give RMan a welcoming sniff, flatten his ears, and then give him a dose of the contents of his stomach - probably just practising for when he needs to spit as an adult. Thankfully, with his immature spit, it's not as bad as when an adult does it to you LOL
|Oh, brother - that fur is going to take time to|
get clean again!
His playfulness with his mother extends to nibbling the back of her legs, until she gives him the same treatment. That stops him in his tracks LOL Then they have a session of neck rubbing - similar to giraffes - or he tries to walk under her stomach as though he is still a small cria.
He can be a handful - just like all small children.
And, he also is not terribly neat.
|The original midden is the circle at the back -|
the "skid" mark is the midden as Minky moved it
closer and closer to the stable area.
|Alpaca's are incredibly agile - it always amazes|
us how he can bend down to suckle from Miranda
His body fur is an even mink colour, his face is a slightly lighter shade - almost like coffee with milk, and...
|Dark, dark fur round his hooves. Almost as though he|
is wearing dark booties LOL
...the fur round his hooves is dark brown
|Who wouldn't love that face? :)|
He almost looks like he's smiling for the camera,