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Marco is dead 
9th-Mar-2010 10:07 pm
Foober
Marco the alpaca died this afternoon. I took him to the vet's office for a necropsy. The report came back that the dewormer did do the trick, but that Marco had no fat around his internal organs. So, basically, he was too far gone for regular treatment once his external symptoms showed up.

I'm not heartbroken, just... blue. And annoyed with myself. I feel like a bad farm-mom yet again. Why the hell to I have so much trouble seeing body-condition problems?

Comparatively, our llama is doing just fine. He isn't skinny, isn't scouring, isn't off of his feed, or anything else by which we might judge him as being sick. Marco was a rescue; Herc came from a good farm and a good family. And there's that whole fragile-alpaca vs. butch llama thing going too.
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10th-Mar-2010 03:36 am (UTC)
Oh, I'm sorry to hear that!

Animals are generally well-evolved to conceal sickness -- part of being potential prey in the wild. It might be the kind of thing you only pick up after decades spent on the side of a mountain in constant quadruped company.
10th-Mar-2010 04:13 am (UTC)
Oh, man. I'm sorry. :( Everything I've been reading about alpacas has indicated that they are an extremely stoic bunch. Typically, by the time they show any signs of weakness, it is too damn late. Also, observing that there is deterioration in the visceral fat of any animal is pretty damn difficult (especially in fluffy critters), if not impossible.

You aren't a bad farm-mom. You are a good farm-mom, who has had some bad luck. Stuff happens, and no matter how awesome you are, you can't prevent it all.
10th-Mar-2010 05:02 am (UTC)
ditto the second paragraph. *hugs*
10th-Mar-2010 05:25 am (UTC)
Triplicate to that second paragraph. I'm so sorry to hear that you've had another death. I really do think that icky things have just been coincidental lately, and that it should stop now. HUGS.
10th-Mar-2010 01:46 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry. I hope the one-thing-after-another will stop now.
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10th-Mar-2010 03:19 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry.
11th-Mar-2010 02:44 am (UTC)
I'm very sorry to hear that. :(

But judging from the comments, it sounds like the rest of the recent farm news has been good (LJ time has been very sporadic the past couple of weeks).
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