I got a call from a friend several years ago asking if I'd take in 2 yearling black alpacas. The owner was getting older and could not care for them any longer. I said yes, so Maria and I made the trip to Billings, Montana to pick up the two half brothers with no names, that we named Johnny and Cash, our men in black.
Spirit is an extra gentle soul. For many weeks, he would stand back and curiously watch Maria feed out peppermint treats to the rest of the herd. After observing this routine for multiple nights, he finally made the brave move to take his first treat. He now loves lining up for peppermints and also occasionally enters the house. His mom is SummerRain, and he is the brother to Tony, Labreeska, LaRain, and Antares.
Coming into the world, Michael struggled to breathe which had us also holding out breath. Once he found his bearings, he flourished. He is named after the archangel Michael because he reminded us of an angel and looked so pure, beautiful, and good. He has lived up to his name. I can't think of one flaw about this precious soul. Something extra special about Michael is he has two alpaca moms who have nursed him. He gets nourishment from his biological mom LaRain and his great aunt Freedom Wind. We are pretty certain this is because one of his best friends is Moonflower and her mom is Freedom Wind. He has always drank from whoever he was closest to while being near Moonflower.
Dark Eagle was blessed with an eagle that flew over at her birth. She's become best friends with Antares. Both like to visit the house to have a breakfast before breakfast. They show up at the door and head straight to the kitchen for their bowls.
Dark Eagle has developed a special interspecies friendship with our adopted cat Gabriel. The two can also be seen in the living room having loving-wrestle matches that include lots of hugs and nibbles.
Dark Eagle is the first true black alpaca born here. Though we have other black alpacas (Johnny, Cash, Vivian), those three are rescues who were not born here.
Dark Eagle is extremely sweet and loves to play with Maria. Those two have a very special bond and relationship.