Blind Baby Sampson
The cowboy was at an auction in the beginning of March and he texted me saying there was a blind baby alpaca going up for sale. He had talked to the owners and they said that this little boy's mom tried to kill him at birth. He had gotten dirt and rocks in his eyes and now he was blind. She just didn't have the time for him. We both knew what had to be done........bring him home.
He traveled in the back seat of the truck on the way home. At only 15 pounds, he wasn't a big eater and his fleece was coming out in clumps of the shear stress of the auction amongst other things I'm sure. He hated the nipple that came with him and refused to eat for hours at a time.
Over the next 2 weeks we taught our newest little baby how to eat on a regular bottle and nipple and the feel of sunshine on his face and grass under his feet.
Our vet has seen him multiple times and we have done triple antibiotics in his eyes for over 2 weeks and PRP plasma therapy. His ulcers in his eyes have cleared up as much as they can but sadly, he has not re-gained any sight at all.
Now thriving, eating every 3 hours, gaining a fourth of a pound a day and giving heartwarming hugs he will be with us forever. He has learned to trust my voice and enjoys playing in the grass and jumping around. He is thriving and such a fighter, we so lovingly now call him Sampson!
Now what to do about living arrangements! With Sampson not having any natural defenses, we have to consider a very special barn and fencing, including a completely closed in area to put him up safe at night. We are drawing out plans for a new enclosure for him and maybe down the line a friend or 2 so he is completely safe from predators and the elements.
We have started a GoFundme account for anyone that can help. This is going to be a large undertaking! If you would like to help in the future enclosure for Sampson, please pass along his story and link to us and we will continue to update the story of Sampson!
Even a small donation could help reach the fundraising goal. And if you can't make a donation, it would be great if you could share the fundraiser to help spread the word.
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