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By Barbara Patterson
For the Sentinel 

It's late summer rituals at Golden Pine


Barbara Patterson for the Sentinel

CRITTER CURIOSITY: Alpacas at Golden Pine Alpacas go about their daily 'chores' down on the farm, including a cool-down from a hose.

Summer mornings start early at the Golden Pine Alpacas farm. Around 6:30, after breakfast and coffee, we walk from house to barn to get the alpacas' day started. Our main barn has a wide center aisle which separates the herdsires (the boys) on the north side and the females (the girls) and crias on the south side. A few heads pop up in the barn windows as we approach. Inside the barn most of the alpacas are still cushed on the floor, legs tucked under their bellies. The babies, called crias, are scampering about, generally annoying the older girls.

The alpacas are sheltered in the barn overnight with doors closed for good reason. Wildcats generally do their hunting at night. Cougar and b...

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