As I mentioned in my last post about our cria, I missed his birth, but Noah luckily caught it all on tape and got some great pictures. Lady ate her grain as normal at 7:30am. She was still acting normal at 9:00am when I left for work. At 10:15am, Noah noticed that Lady was restless, changing positions often and standing over the poo pile, but not going to the bathroom. By 10:50am, the cria's nose began to appear with the sac still in tact as a bubble around the nose. Within the next 10 minutes, the cria slowly emerged with correct head and leg positions. When the cria was dangling by its hips, Noah broke the sac as the umbilical cord was about to break and the cria needed to start breathing. He said the sac was more difficult to break than he anticipated. It was thick and rubbery. The cria dangled for five more minutes as its lungs drained and then it hit the ground. Noah dried the cria off with towels as it was a little windy.
Here are the birth pictures (caution: they are graphic in nature).
Riphaeus stood about about 50 minutes after being born and started nursing. His legs were bent in funny directions at the ankles, probably from being cramped inside his mama for so long. They have already corrected themselves now as he is getting exercise and running with the rest of the herd. When Riphaeus was standing for the first time, Lady passed her placenta. After letting mom and cria bond for awhile, we weighed him (18 lbs), weighed the placenta (because we were curious...it was 6.6lbs), we checked his mouth and back end to make sure everything looked normal. We also took his temp and respiration which were normal and put triodine on his umbilical stump. It took him more than 8 hours to dry completely and his fiber already feels dense, so we are hoping for show quality fleece. Riphaeus really seems to love to roll. His fleece was a dingy white from rolling before he even dried. Below Riphaeus is standing for the first time and the placenta is emerging.