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Zia and Zulu and Zephyr and Zim have joined the mob at Rivervale, born to Zena and Zoe and Rasberry and ZsaZsa respectively; they are simply fabulous. All ahead of their due date, they are feisty little pacas. And Zim had the cleverness to be born on his Mum’s third birthday. So that brings to 9 the number in our herd. Sadly we have lost our old stalwarts – Mathew, Chester, Zeke and Elvis.

Zia’s story: Zena, our pure white huacaya girl with fleece to die for, was mated to a multi-award winning sire called Bayden, a pure white, densely fleeced boy of superb proportions. Our order, either a pure white girl or a multi (fancy) girl. Well she unpacked a gorgeous little white huacaya girl, soft as a cloud, named Zia.

Zulu’s story: Zoe was mated to a Rose Grey alpaca named Gandalf, he is a prize winning, handsome huacaya whose fleece I spun during TDF 2011. Our order, a rose grey girl. Hmm, well we have an adorable very very dark brown huacaya boy with a black face. Welcome Zulu.

Zephyr’s story: Rasberry was mated to a beautiful rich brown Suri boy – our order was a multi-Suri, mostly brown girl. She un-packed a pure white Suri boy! He’s an active little fellow we called Zephyr because he really does run like the wind already. Some of these photos were taken by our friend Marie, muchas gracias mi amiga.

Zim’s story: ZsaZsa was mated to a Rose Grey alpaca named Gandalf, he is a prize winning, handsome huacaya whose fleece I spun during TDF 2011. Our order, a rose grey girl. Hmm, well we have an adorable very very dark brown huacaya boy with a black face. Welcome Zim. He looks like Zulu’s twin so one of them will be wearing a little collar once they start to stray from Mum or we shall never know which is which.

We feed our pacas sparingly as they have many acres of pasture to roam. They get some horse and pony pellets now and again, biscuits of good grass hay during the winter months, and a weekly muesli of oaten chaff, lucerne chaff, oats, sunflower seeds, garlic apple cider vinegar, dolomite, CaPO4 and other bits and pieces, I sort of make it up as I go along. There is always a dish of seaweed meal available. We live in a beautiful and productive valley so we keep a stock of apples and pears in the shed and one look from those big eyes is usually enough to make one of us stop and cut a few pieces of fruit to share out. Our alpacas have us well-trained.

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