Olivia's little brown cria Trebuchet has been having to have supplemental feeds as Olivia doesn't seem to be doing a very good job herself. Yesterday he wasn't looking as lively as I thought he ought, and as this sort of thing is often the first sign of a young animal going downhill very fast, I got the vet out immediately. and the vet stuck him with penicillin and took a blood sample, for which they had to shave the beautiful soft cria. :-(
The penicillin seemed to help a lot and Trebuchet today has gained a decent amount of weight and is looking more alert. The blood test results suggest his immunity might be a bit on the low side, but the vets are hoping that it can be managed with close observation and antibiotics until he gets strong enough for his immune system to develop properly.
Meanwhile, Siegfried the emu pecked the vet on the bum, and Poppy's cria Trident is massive already, and being quite annoying both for Trebuchet and the other adult alpacas!