Alpaca’s two feet tall now
I’D delivered Olivia the young alpaca a few weeks earlier – it was a tough birth because one leg was presented incorrectly. Now it was her legs causing problems again.
She was doing well but her carpal joints – similar to our wrists – weren’t straight and gave way easily.
“Do you think there is anything you can do, Julian?” her owner Doug asked one evening.
I suggested bringing her in to the surgery. A baby alpaca – known as a cria – is easily portable.
And I thought it would be easier to examine the bandy-legged baby on my consulting table rather than in a field.
The other patients in the waiting room – a labrador, border terrier and a cat – looked a little surprised as Olivia sat on Doug’s knee.
I checked her limbs. As I suspected, the joints were slack. She needed sturdy splints to stiffen and support her legs.
I applied two bandages to each of her front legs. I was unsure how she would cope but like Bambi in the Disney film she struggled to her feet as if on stilts.
As she reappeared – looking taller – in the waiting room the other patients looked even more surprised!
The Yorkshire Vet is on Tuesday at 8pm on Channel 5.
WALKING TALL: Baby alpaca with bandages