|Becky was the first female llama I got. I
bought her at an auction in June 2000.
Becky was a very friendly llama.
She loved to be petted and even hugged. (which is
unusual for a llama).
In 2004, I found Becky laying on her side, with her neck
stretched out. At first, I thought she was dead, when I
called her name, she look up at me, then I was relieved
to see she was still alive.
After calling multiple vets, I couldn't get anyone to
come and treat her. At that point, I didn't know what
else to do. So I gave her about a cup of vegetable oil.
This is generally given for bloat and sometimes
constipation. but, bloat is rare llamas.
We would not give up on her, We tried
everything we could think of.
After a day, I was concerned about dehydration,
fortunately, I found a vet that would sell me a bag of
Becky was then put on IV as instructed by the vet.
In between all this, I still kept trying to find a vet
to look at her. I called a "llama specialist" in ohio
and they told me that, once a llama is down for two
days, they will never get up. But, Becky
proved them wrong.
Every day, I would
go out and rub her neck, back and would keep movement in her legs, Four
days later, Becky started to try and pick
her head up. so that's when I knew there could be hope after all. Then
after about a week, she was able to hold her head up on her own, then she
would start moving her body a little, I then started moving her legs, her body
as much as I could,
and just kept rubbing her neck, legs. The more I did this, the better she got.
Three weeks later, my vet come out to check her, he then managed to get her to stand on
her own. she could not stand long, but she was up. so the next day, we got
a few of our friends and we each took a side and lifted her.. she stood
again for a little longer..
everyday, thereafter I would make her stand till finally she could do it
on her own. she would walk a few more steps each day.
Almost 5 weeks, she made a full recovery, and even had a
few babies after that.
My point to this is, not to give up there is always could be some hope.
Sadly, Becky passed away in 2008. I am not sure what
killed her. I miss her, and found her to be a