I was going to write this blog on Sunday with news of new cria, Summers new home and breedings but on Saturday Murphy our gorgeous young male llama wasn't feeling his normal self. At first we thought he had some Colic which normally passes without treatment but he was no better on Sunday. A visit from the Vet, antibiotics and pain killer administered, fingers crossed he would improve. His symptoms were similar to our female Alpaca who was so ill last year, nerological twitches, excitable but he also had problems with his sight. We then suspected he had eaten something poisonous possibly Bracken as the symptoms fitted. By late Monday he had suffered a fit and it didn't look good, our vet came out and he was given some steriods and some Vit B1 drench, he got really stressed out by this and was very upset we settled him for the night and left him with a companion, he was sitting up and seem alert.
When we arrived at the Barn this morning he had died in the night, I am absolutely devastated, Murphy has been a dream since the day he was born, he was calm, friendly and so easy to handle, he has been trekking with us since he was weaned, he was starting to carry a pack and a favourite with all our customers and he will be missed very much.
We have had a PM which as usual came back inconclusive but thankfully there was no signs of TB, Liver Fluke or Worm burden which is encouraging for the rest of the team.
Our other news will have to wait for another day.