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Thursday, 29 July 2010

what can i say...


Sadly , after every-bodies best attempts Panteg Binky died during the night. I felt in my heart of hearts that she would not see the morning , and I hope it was quick and as painless as possible .

So this morning we set off at 8 am with 4 small boys and Binky in the back of the people carrier ( mercifully not a hot day and the air con is powerful) and took her on a last , in fact her only trip from the farm , to the VLA for autopsy. After along journey we delivered her and answered endless questions , the best guesstimate being that she died as a result of an ulcer , possibly brought on by the stress of shearing . Since we run a closed herd largely , and have certainly had no additions ( apart form our own cria) since last Sept , the likelihood of coccidia or worse , E.Mac , look remote. The grass is not grazed by other animals , and is kept clean as Eliane can testify after her first experience of poo picking, All her jabs are up to date and a worm count revealed nothing. Now we sit and wait , and try to remember that things could be worse. Also we shall think about the joy she brought us and try to decide whether to still enter her fleece for the GW show.

7 comments:

Barbara@beckbrowalpacas said...

Sorry to read such sad news Suzanne...It sounds like you have tried to prepare yourself but I expect it is still a toughy to bear.

Take care

Barbara

Mark said...

Very saddened by your news.
I know we have never met but all the same we are thinking of you all.

Rosemary said...

We are so very, very sorry.
Every best wish.

Sid and Pat said...

A very sad week for you - hopefully the VLA will find some reason behind it.
Go ahead and enter the fleece - I'm sure Binky will do you proud.

Crazy Lady with purple fingers said...

I am so sorry, she was a beautiful baby,we also a few years ago had a beautiful boy and it was the same thing with him, very healthy since birth then all of a sudden very sick and and found out with an autopsy that he died from an ulcer and as he had not been handled or stressed as far as we know really do not know why he would have had an ulcer. My thoughts are with you, it is never easy.

Debbie, Barnacre Alpacas said...

I'm so sorry to hear that Suzanne, hope the VLA come back with a reason.

Tree Hugger said...

So sorry to hear the sad news. Hopefully "they" will be able to find out what happened. Not knowing and always wondering what caused it; I would think would be as difficult as the loss.
Suzan