Taboo came to our farm in the fall of '07 with his sister Aunt Jamima. Their previous owners had a terrible barn fire and as a result Taboo and Jamima lost their home. Their owners decided not to rebuild the barn. Through the help of the SPCA the family obtained our names and brought the llamas to us.
The llamas appeared to have escaped the barn fire unharmed; but when we removed their winter coats in the spring of 2008 we found embers had burnt through their fibre right down to their skin. Fortunately the burns had healed and both Taboo and Aunt Jamima are in good condition.
Aunt Jamima is Taboo's sister, this lovely girl was well cared for before she came to live with us here at the farm. Sadly her and her brother (Taboo) lost their home to a fire. Jamima can be quite bossy with all the other llamas here at the farm and she really does think she is an Aunt to them, keeping an eye on them and making sure that they behave themselves.
Heidi came to our farm in the spring of 2008. She was brought here with one other llama named Olga. They were removed from a farm that the SPCA had been called out to investigate. Sadly more then half the animals from that farm had to be put down because they were in such terrible condition. Heidi and Olga were terribly under weight, their coats had not been sheared in many years and they were terrified of people. After many months of work Heidi eats grain and treats from our hands and she loves coming to the fence to see us when we go out to the paddocks.
Olga Came from the SPCA, she had been removed from the same farm were Heidi was. She was very thin; her coat had not been removed in three or four years and she was absolutely terrified of people.
We have returned her to a healthy weight and trimmed her hair a little - we cannot give her a good haircut as she still has trust issues with humans. She is starting to take treats from our hands but she is extremely cautious and we still have a ways to go.
Olga is an amazing herd guardian, she is constantly "on guard" watching for any signs of danger. It is actually quite amazing to watch her in action and observe how her pasture mates respond to her warning calls.
Dexter's mother was already pregnant when she was placed at our farm, so we were expecting the birth. When the time arrived the birth was extremely difficult; with his mother unable to deliver him, we had to act fast to help bring him into this world as both mother and baby where in distress. There was no time to get to the house and call the Vet so it was up to us to make sure both survived. We came very close to losing him. Although he was weak and had some breathing problems we are happy to report that he has been doing really well and we are so happy to have him as part of our animal family.
This precious little fellow has a very special place in our hearts. Although he had a difficult start to his life; his mother had to be assisted with the birth process he is doing very well now. It's as though he knows we saved his life; and as thanks each time he sees us or hears our voices he comes running.
One day as we were going out to the pasture he spotted us; with the movement and gracefulness of a deer he bound towards us, jumping clear over some of the sheep and goats that were in his way. This unusual display was to meet us at the gate. Anytime we are in with the animals either working or just visiting he is at our side. He has stolen our hearts and in fact that is the reason we called him Levi. Levi means to be adjoined-to or attached.