Then I noticed that both llamas were eating, but our alpaca wasn't there. I headed for the walk in shed and as soon as I rounded the corner I see poor Abe laying on a giant sheet of ice and he's tight against the gate and can't move. No amount of prodding would get him to move, it was apparent that he had given up trying to stand on the ice. So I pushed him on the ice until we reached the shed and once there I supported his back end until he got up and I was able to get him inside. He couldn't even straighten his back legs, and he was a very cold little fella. He must have been laying there for hours......sigh.
We bedded the shed with a lot of clean straw, got him fresh hay and water and he was eating and appeared to be fine by 10 pm. I'm hoping he doesn't develop anything from his ordeal, we will just continue to watch him carefully. My husband said he's going to take the skid loader out there and use the bucket with teeth to score the ice and rough it up so it's easier for our animals to stand until it melts.
Today it got to 43 degrees, so we'll see what kind of mess we have when we get home today.......blech.
|As you can see.....certain cats feel like they need to hog the dog bed. The truly funny thing is that a 100# dog let's a 10# cat do this.|