An adult Alpaca
Teagan came to Longmeadow Rescue Ranch from a cruelty investigation in the fall of 2014. The owners were not providing basic care for more than 100 animals on their property. Teagan was one of many animals the owners surrendered to the Humane Society.
Teagan was severely underweight. Her teeth had not been properly cared for and had grown excessively long. Alpacas need their teeth filed yearly because they continue to grow. Her wool was very long and matted. It was obvious she had not been sheared recently, if ever in her life. Her very long hooves needing trimming, and she was suffering from lice and a wound on her back that had not been treated.
Teagan started a careful refeeding program to help her gain weight, as well as treatment for internal and external parasites. Her wound was cleaned and treated. Due to the time of year of her arrival, Teagan could not be sheared until the following spring – she needed her coat to keep her warm over the winter. She kept her long coat until April 2015 when she was sheared.
Teagan has a very sweet and curious personality. She likes to be up close and personal when meeting visitors but she still doesn't like her face or head to be touched. If you want to make friends with her, give her a nice scratch on her neck and shoulder.
Teagan gets along well with other animals. She spends time socializing with the llamas, miniature horses and donkeys, sheep and goats. She is halter trained and she made her first Barn Buddy appearance in the fall of 2015. She behaved perfectly, settling right into her job greeting visitors and sharing stories of rescue and rehabilitation at Longmeadow.
Teagan eats a measured amount of alpaca grain every day, and all the grass hay she wants. She has access to loose minerals and water at all times. Teagan is vaccinated and dewormed regularly, and she has her hooves trimmed every few months. Every spring, she is sheared and has her teeth filed as needed. She has been a sweet and adorable addition to the Barn Buddy group at Longmeadow.