The video shows the birth of BMCA Constance. The birth was unassisted. After the birth, some of the crew at Big Meadow Creek alpacas go into action, trying to get it off the dirt onto clean towels. You can see how active the baby is, however, right after birth. They bring an oxygen tank, just to be sure. Then the mucous is cleared from the cria's nose and mouth. It is important to make sure that the mother recognizes her baby. Bonding is important so that the dam lets the cria nurse as soon as it is able.
The strange noise is from the camera!
This sequence of pictures shows another birth. In this case, the birth was the first for the dam and the crew gave some assistance with the birth.
We notice that Juniper is about to give birth--in fact, it has already started. The cria arrives head first, usually its nose and front legs emerging.
The dam is not very concerned, but the other females are curious.
It seems to be taking too long, and since this is a maiden, we give a some assistance. First we clear to nose and mouth of mucous to make sure the cria is able to breathe. Then we help by gently pulling the baby during each contraction.
The cria advances further,and finally, is is out!
It's not long before the cria is sitting straight up.
The cria strengthens, minute by minute, struggling to get to its feet. In less than an hour, it's standing and walking and looking for its mother to nurse. The rest of the herd gathers to welcome the cria!