What are Young Alpacas Called?
Alpacas are a domesticated species of South American camelid, closely related to llamas, vicuñas, and guanacos. They are bred for their soft and luxurious wool, which is used to make clothing and other textiles. Alpacas come in two varieties: Huacaya and Suri.
Young alpacas are called crias, which is Spanish for “baby”. Crias are born after a gestation period of 11-12 months. They typically weigh between 15-20 pounds at birth and can stand within an hour of being born.
Caring for Crias
Crias should be monitored closely during the first few weeks of life as they are vulnerable to predators and environmental hazards. It is important to provide them with adequate shelter from the elements and plenty of food and water. Crias should also be vaccinated against common diseases such as clostridial enterotoxemia.
Crias should be weaned from their mothers at around 6 months old. This process should be done gradually over several weeks to ensure that the cria is getting enough nutrition while adjusting to solid foods. After weaning, crias can be introduced to other alpacas in the herd or kept separate depending on the owner’s preference.
Crias can be trained from a young age to become accustomed to humans and other animals. This includes teaching them how to lead, load into trailers, and accept halters and harnesses. Training crias early will help them become more comfortable with handling later in life.
Caring for young alpacas requires patience and dedication but can be very rewarding. With proper care and training, crias can grow up to become healthy, happy members of any herd.