As Ollie hit the three-month mark, Sara determined that he was not getting enough milk from Duchess (it is nothing to worry about, it just means he needs a little extra nutrition) so she began to supplement his diet with a bottle a couple times daily. Personality-wise, he is a good-natured, spunky little guy. Though he continues to be independent, he loves bottle time and (when she catches him) Ollie even allows Sara to plant kisses on his cheek!
Now that the general update is out of the way, I have two squeeful bits of news for you in this installment: I got to bottle-feed Ollie and, even more exciting, I officially purchased him! *commence flailing*
On December 29th, Logan (my husband) and I arrived at Foggy Bottom Alpacas and Mark (Sara’ father) was waiting for us. We signed the papers, I paid for Ollie, and then I received a folder containing health records, Ollie’s Alpaca Registry, Inc. certificate, and my copy of the papers. All of this means that, as Ollie’s official owner, though he will stay at Foggy Bottom Alpacas until he is weaned, I am now responsible for his “room and board” and any other expenses since he has reached the three-month mark.
After a bit of flailing and waiting for the bottles to heat up, it was time to feed Ollie! Mark informed me that he is a bit of a vigorous eater, so I had to hold the bottle tightly in my hand. Ollie was (im)patiently waiting for us in the pen when we got there, and after Mark got him started on the bottle, he let me take over. Here is a short video Logan took while I was feeding Ollie:
Mark was right that he is an enthusiastic eater, so I had to keep a tight hold on the bottle!
You can see from this angle how Ollie is positioned just how he would be if he were getting the milk from his mother. I had to hold it at just the right angle and height.
Ollie was hungry and ate nearly two whole bottles while I was there with him.
I wondered how I would know when he was finished eating, but it was pretty obvious. Midway through his second bottle, Ollie stopped abruptly and became completely uninterested in the bottles.
Done with mealtime, he began to wander around doing whatever it is baby alpacas do when they are cozy and full, though I did nab him for a quick picture of us together to celebrate us being a family now.
(I had that smile on my face all weekend!)
Up next, we’ll learn about Ollie’s parents and pedigree!