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OH BABY! Moose River Farm awaiting birth of llama in Old Forge

You can livestream the whole thing on the farm’s website.

Posted: Apr 5, 2019 11:03 AM
Updated: Apr 5, 2019 5:33 PM

OLD FORGE, N.Y. -- There's going to be a new baby llama in Old Forge at Moose River Farm.

The pregnant llama, named Bluff, will give birth to a cria, also known as a baby llama, sometime before the end of April.

"We do see a little bit of movement in her belly, but nothing that indicates she's ready to have it," says Anne Phinney, of Moose River Farms. "When it does finally happen, it should only take about 45 minutes to an hour or so."

Bluff is a single mother by choice, after rather unceremoniously relieving dad of his paternal duties.

"So, they'll be very receptive while their body is open, but as soon as they're closed up and pregnant, they will spit at him and tell him 'outta here,'" said Phinney.  

Bluff's cria will weigh around 20 pounds and walk almost immediately. Phinney says, as is often the case with human babies, she'll have to see the newborn and experience its personality before she names it.  She says once he or she arrives, they will stay. 

"It has a home for life, I'm not interested in selling it."

Bluff and other Moose River Farm llamas accompany visitors on llama treks in the summer. Phinney has written a book about life on the farm, and has another coming out soon. She plans to have a book signing on the farm during llama appreciation week, in June. 

You can livestream Bluff's pregnancy and delivery on the farm’s website.  Another camera will be added as delivery day draws closer. Bluff is in the camera view daily, from 5pm until between 10:00 and 11:00 am. She spends the days outdoors, with her herd. 

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