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In the animal world, spring means babies.

 

As cute as it may be for those of us not on the farm, for breeders it can be one of the busiest times of the year looking after the newborns and in some cases even getting ready to breed again.非常漂亮的句型,值得模仿!

 

Canberra Times photographer Jamila Toderas tracked down and snapped(拍照) some newborn animals in and around Canberra, from wombats, goats and lambs, to turtles, lizards and llamas骆驼.

 

 

Jenni Creagh, who breeds goats, sheep, horses and cattle on her family farm near Hall, had about 30 does give birth to more than 50 kids early this spring.

“We didn’t expect them to all come so fast. Some of the does have got two kids, and others even had three,” she said.

While most of the newborns stick closely to their mothers, others are rejected and Creagh hand-feeds them.

A baby wombat, photographed at Sleepy Burrows Wombat Sanctuary.
 
A baby wombat, photographed at Sleepy Burrows Wombat Sanctuary. Photo: Jamila Toderas

“Some of them have come from triplet三胞胎 families, so sometimes the littlest one just isn’t getting enough,” she said.

“One of the ones I’ve got there was premature, so its sister got up and its mum looked after the sister, but it was a bit flat so we took it in and gave it a head start. The mum didn’t want it back after that.”

The kids that are hand-raised usually are sold as pets.

“Often it’s young families that have moved to the country and they want something that gets the kids involved, so they get a goat. The ones we have to hand raise are the hardest to let go of,” she said.

Llamas, photographed at Alpaca Magic, Sutton.

Glynda Bluhm from Alpaca羊驼 Magic has also welcomed a number of spring babies to her farm of 120 llamas and 80 alpacas, and in particular focuses on breeding llamas.

The llama gestation period妊娠期 is 11½  months, so as she’s welcoming the new additions to the herd, Bluhm’s already planning to get the next round under way.

“Their mating goes on for about 20 minutes, and they have to sing. If they don’t sing, chances are the girl won’t ovulate,” she said.

 

“I sing along with them, because I think it gives them some encouragement.”

While Bluhm, who has been breeding since 1997, helps them along, the llamas are fairly self sufficient after that point.

“They mostly birth(作动词) by themselves, they very rarely need any help,” she said.

“The first few days I tend to keep an eye on them, but then they go to be part of the herd.”

Like the goats, Bluhm also sells llamas as pets, but you’ll probably need a bit of space if you’re in the market for one.

“As they get ready to wean, we may sell them to someone who wants them as a pet, but they always have to go in at least two,” she said.

“They’re a herd animal so they need a friend. The ideal is about five.”

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