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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Hello to the new girl on the farm! We have to stop calling her the new girl and give her a name. People we got her from said she did not have a name......poor thing. A couple of weeks ago we got a phone call, people were looking for someone to come and get a llama, she had been a guard for some sheep and goats and they were gone and the place was up for sale. RH went over to see her and talk to the people and to see what was there to get her in to confine her so he could catch her, she was not wild but very leary of strangers and confused as all her friends were no longer there. We decided the best way to go about things were to bring some grain over and slowly get her into a corral area that was there. RH went over a couple times a day to put a bit of grain in a dish for her, she would wait until he was driving away then she would eat the grain, after few days she finally went in to the corral after he put the grain in the dish and he closed the gate....and she promptly jumped over the corral...ok back to thinking of another plan..the corral was not that high and llamas can really jump if they want to. The next plan was to take over some of our higher panels and make the corral higher so RH took the stock trailer and some panels over. The next week he would go over when he could and try to entice her in with a bit of grain and there was no way she would go in until he left.RH brought the stock trailer home, then we had rainy weather for a few days and he did not get over, then went back and the same thing...no way could he get her in so finally phoned the people and said he was going to have to leave it and if they could get her in to call us and he would go over and get her, he said he would take a small pail of grain over and leave it for them to use and they said o.k. they would work at it. So off he went to deliver the grain....now she had not had her treat for a few days because of the rain and when he put some in her dish....she went into the corral he made with the panels but before he could close the gate she got out, so he started to walk away.....and she went back in...and he got the gate shut. Now this has to be a miracle I tell you!! RH phoned all excited and said he had her and was on the way home to get the truck and trailer, he came home and got the stock trailer, said his friend was puttering down by his garage so he was going to stop and see if he would go along with him in case he needed help loading her. RH said he backed the trailer up and was getting things secured and his friend said....she is going to jump in the trailer by herself...and that is what she did! And here she is! We kept her separate from the others so they could get used to her being here and after a couple of days she was let out with the rest. It took a few days of settling the pecking order, our older female llama was more then miffed and would not let the new llama into the barn where we have a large fan going where they go in and cool off, but after a couple of days everything was fine and she is one of the herd! She is a nice calm girl and I think she is happy to have llama friends....now a name for her...

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