Alpaca Patch


Mercedes, a black huacaya, was our first alpaca, she was rescued at a sale barn. She was malnourished, the fiber on her legs had rotted off due to standing in a bog to save herself from overheating, she was not shorn. People with a heart to help sheared her by porch light, trimmed her teeth and toe nails and gave her shots at a brief stop that evening in the route to her new home. Mercedes did not know how to eat grain, finally rose petals lightly misted with syrup inticed her. She was eleven months pregnant and dangerously under weight. She also had seizures. Weeks later, on Halloween, she had a black male cria born at night. She had no milk, the cria, Halin, was bottle fed. He had a female llama cria, Lana Lou, as his best friend. Mercedes continued to have severe seizures. On a hot summer night the barn monitor revealed that Mercedes continued to seize. The vet was called in the middle of the night. Mercedes had seized for hours with one person holding her as she walked in circles, repeatedly attempting to fall about once every minute. Several attempts to hold her and get a line in resulted in getting enough medication in to controll the seizures. The next day a several hour van ride to a university, a stay of a few days and many tests, including MRI, gave Mercedes a clean bill of health. Although there was a small area that was not clearly viewed, there were no tumors or evidence of cancer, so phenobarbitol was given twice a day. Mercedes was given 2-3 years to live, she is now on her tenth year. She goes for long periods without seizures, the barometric pressure, storms, can bring on seizures. A padded room was designed to help Mercedes to prevent/lessen injuries. Mercedes needs assistance to take shelter during storms and requires blanketing during low temps. She is a remarkable alpaca, a vet said that she memorized her surroundings when she could not see. She did not bump into walls or objects when she constantly walked the stall that she was in while she stayed at the university. She has moments of absence, her vision seems impared at times, she adapts, memorizing her surroundings and responds to verbal cues. Come visit Mercedes and other alpacas with unique stories. These wonderful alpacas are a favorite of people that have had a long day, college students testing and neighbors. Visitors pull up a chair or a bale and watch them play, especially the cria, that love to play. Some love to be fed carrots and apple slices. Some give kisses. Many photo opportunities await you.


Tex, a huacaya born with choanal atresia, had no opening in his nose. Alpacas do not mouth breathe well. He learned how to nurse and then breathe. He was light headed and would sometimes stagger backward. He ran with the other cria but would flare his nostrils even at rest. He would puff his cheeks and gasp. Tex has laser surgery on the right side and rhinoplasty on the left, to remove bone. He was well cared for at the university of Tenn., where Holli's vet made it possible for Tex to thrive,Tex stayed for two weeks. The first thing that he did when he returned home was to leap, skip sideways and ran laps around the pasture, in the lead, of course. Even the adults joined in proinging. Everyone was happy to have Tex home. Tex enjoys running and playing with the other cria, the hot, humid St. Louis summer does not effect Tex, he breathes easy. Come visit the farm and meet Holli, Mercedes and Tex, some of the rescue/therapy, PR alpacas. Holli especially loves company, we'll supply the apple and carrot treats.

Here is part of our old website. We will have it fully restored soon!

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Saint Louis, MO 63138
(314) 629 - 2927

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