Alpaca shearing complete

Shearing is a critical part of taking care of our alpacas. Alpacas are native to South America. Their fleece helps keep them warm in the cold climate of the Andes Mountains. However, we live in a different climate and shearing our girls is important for their health and wellness. With our hot and steamy summers, removing fleece (as well as providing pools of water, misting fans, and shade) is critical. We typically shear annually in April and this gets ourRead more

Lemur physicals complete

We finished up all seven lemur physicals last month. Everything went well, and everyone seems to be doing well! Thanks to Dr. Vanderford, Katy, Autumn, and Aaron in particular for their diligence in their planning and taking care of everything.Read more

Auggie’s Vet visit, part 2

I mentioned the other day that Auggie went to the vet for some work on his teeth. Auggie had several bad teeth that had to be removed. According to Dr. Mozzachio, this is very common in pigs, and pigs continue on without issue after the bad teeth are removed. Auggie did great at the vet, woke up immediately, and started eating. He’s back in the Farmyard on some softer food for a few days. We expect all to be backRead more

Auggie’s vet visit

Auggie went on a field trip yesterday. The end of last week we noticed he was having difficulty chewing and swallowing hard foods. According to Dr. Mozzachio, this is a sure sign of teeth issues. So, we packaged him up and took him in. Pictures below from the catch-up. Aaron, Chris, and Katie ran through how the catch up would work the day before– it went smoothly: in practice and on the day off. Auggie is back from his appointment.Read more

Lightning’s physical (and upcoming Birthday)

Lightning had his fall check-up a couple of weeks ago. Dr. Cannedy has asked that Dr. Cochrane, an equine specialist, come to the Museum and take care of Lightning on grounds. In general, Lightning continues to chug along with his known issues (fatty lypomas, club foot, patella issues…) and is doing rather well. As Lightning has aged, he’s become more reactive to certain vaccines.  We’ve moved towards checking titers levels to see if he has antibodies at appropriate levels toRead more