7.06.2007

Graty's Big Adventure (A Love Story)

Lacey at about 8 months old; Graty at about 5 months

Tomorrow morning Graty will finally have the opportunity to reunite with his childhood sweetheart, Lacey, for a romantic rendezvous.

Yes, we have finally decided to try to breed our two llamas. Lacey has been a terrific mother to Pepper, and Graty is such a handsome guy with a winning personality that we're optimistic that this pairing could have a very positive outcome. Not to mention the whole love story angle. (Oh, and they both have beautiful fiber, too.)

They were born about 3 1/2 months apart and lived on the same farm until we adopted Graty (and Llannie) in the fall of 2004, when Graty was just over a year old. When Lacey arrived here with her aging mother Switzer last year, she was quite pregnant with her first cria (soon to be our Pepper) and not the least bit interested in Graty's amorous attentions, with which he attempted to impress her from across the fence.

Switzer, Pepper, and Lacey

And amourous he was, mooning about, ogling the girls at every opportunity, standing with his fleece blowing most dashingly in the breeze, or simply hanging his head over the barn wall with a stupified expression looking for all the world like a goofy, love-struck teenager.

Graty, blowing in the wind (with an indifferent [read: neutered] Llannie grazing behind him)

Now that Pepper is nine months old, and since llamas have a gestation period of over eleven months, this seems the perfect time to breed for a summer cria.

So tomorrow morning, we will unite Lacey and Graty in the same pasture and see what happens. I'll keep you posted.

11 comments:

Puss-in-Boots said...

I love the long eyelashes on llamas...makes me sooo envious.

I hope the pairing goes well and we hear news of a cria on the way soon. Good luck with it all and keep us posted!

Ragnar said...

Eleven months? Damn am I happy not to be a llama.

Mouse said...

Stay tuned for a little llama romance?

che said...

Gosh I miss you!

Chris said...

Woo-hoo Graty!

RheLynn said...

Good luck Graty and Lacey!

Joanie said...

How sweet...Love story on the farm.

Good luck...Can't wait for the next posting.
Happy Saturday.....

Uncle Arthur O'Kitten said...

So let's see if I can figure this one out. If the llanas are your "children" like the kitty cats, and you are my niece & Mr. O'Kitten my nephew that makes the llamas & kitty cats (female) grand nieces and (male) grand nephews to me. Then if Lacey & Graty have an off spring, this would be my great grand niece/nephew, making me Great Grand Uncle Arthur O'Kitten. I think. Looking forward to updates and progress reports on this special event.

Gattina said...

Wow ! I am curious if they fall in love right away ! Must be very exciting to watch them. And if there will be a new baby I hope it's as cute as Pepper ! I will follow up this love story !

mrspao said...

I've got 'Love is in the air' in my head now!

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