||Three years old|
||Henryville, Indiana, USA|
is KsnCrk Pipe Dream's Carbon Copie, "CeeCee" for short. CeeCee is a
very special llama. Her mother rejected her at birth; so she was raised in
our house, where she wore size six baby diapers. She required a plasma
transfusion at three days old and was bottle fed every two hours for three months.
In the photo with our goldens (Blush and Layla), she had just returned
from the vet and was cold. I went to grab her blanket and came back to
find the dogs (a natural enemy to llamas) snuggled up next to her. They
are still buddies today and romp and play together like Cee is one of
them! CeeCee is a big girl now, but is still our baby. She greets us at
the gate each morning with kisses. The other photo is of Cee as a
two-year-old with her buddy "Jacks".
Now that CeeCee is all grown up, she is different than the other llamas.
Most llamas tend to be standoffish, but she is always in our faces wanting
attention. She tends to have quite an attitude with strangers though, as
she didn't have a natural mother to teach her llama manners. She is a
prime example as to why llamas should never be bottle raised, unless
absolutely necessary. Had it not been for our intervention and fourteen years of
experience with llamas, Cee wouldn't be here today. She loves to be
scratched behind her ears and under her chin, and will steal your gloves
right out of your back pocket if you aren't careful! CeeCee has wonderful
fiber (wool) and has won several top ribbons, including two champion prizes,
for her fleece. Now that she is nearly three we will be breeding her, for a
cria due spring 2012. We hope she passes her calm demeanor and exceptional
fiber on to her offspring.
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