Llama Birthing

Page Four




Birthing sequence



Karen Hair from Canton, Texas, sent us
a selection of photos of their female llama, Llamar, giving birth.

We were impressed with her photos and we want to share them
and hope that you find them useful.




The first thing to appear is the bubble as in the picture on the left.
The feet should appear soon after, followed by the head.




It is always a relief to see both front feet and the head out.




The female may lie down and then get up walk around for a while.
The births usually take place while the mother is standing.




Llamar looks uncomfortable, which is common.




The toughest part is often getting the shoulders out.



Once the shoulders are out, the rest of the birthing
usually takes place quickly and easily.



Once the shoulders are out, the rest of the birthing
usually takes place quickly and easily.



It is important to make sure that all of the membrane is cleared away
from the nose and mouth so that the cria can breathe easily.
This should be done as soon as the head appears.


The placenta should be checked to make certain that no pieces have broken off and been retained.
This can cause an infection which can cause re-breeding problems.



The cria should try to get on its feet within a short time.




It is amazing how different a cria looks
once it has dried off, had its first drink of milk and sits up by its proud mother.




His name is Full Moon Shining as he was born the day of the full moon.


Thanks again to Karen Hair for providing these great photos.

Her website can be found at Karen’s Texas Llamas


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