Mama Llama

There are times in farming when you feel the burden of the responsibility to care for all of the animals that live on your farm. It weighs you down as you know that these animals depend upon you. Each day, you do the best you can, the best you know how to do. Last week, I felt that heavy burden as we nursed our sick Mama Llama. We experienced ups and downs emotionally, little triumphs, and huge loses. Last Friday, Mama Llama finally died. The sheep seemed very much concerned for her as, they did not leave her side throughout the day. They lay as close to her as they could get as if to comfort their friend. The field seems empty and lonely now without her attentive eye and inquisitive look.

We will miss her soft kisses…

her attentiveness…

her curiosity….

her regal stance…

and her protection.


6 Responses

  1. Connie

    I’m so sorry about Mamma – I remember her – I have this picture in my mind now of the sheep around her. That is the part of animal husbandry that is the hardest. Thinking of you – daughter said she had a bit of snow in Barre!

  2. kristi

    I am sorry to hear that she passed away.You are so right that these are the hardest things to except when working with animals. Your pictures are beautiful and it is a wonderful tribute that you wrote about her.

  3. Wendy

    Oh my, so sorry. I travelled in Peru this summer. A North American alpaca farmer said during this trip “alpacas are like cats; llamas are like dogs.” From your photos, this is easy to see. How sweet.

  4. Bullwinkle

    I’m so sorry about Mamma. Llama’s are such cool animals and such a large presence. She’ll be missed.

  5. gileadgoats

    I’m so sad and so sorry to hear this awful news Kim. My heart is with you and your family and your flock in this time of sorrow. I’ll treasure the fiber I have from her all the more.

  6. AllisonInPhilly

    Oh, I’m so sorry for your loss.