What a wonderful Christmas present for me!
We have had our alpacas for going on 2 months now. We have been able to get close to both of the crias - Zinnia and Cosmo. We however, have not been able to really "touch" the mommies. They would pull away whenever we tried - Sunflower kicks out at us and Ivy runs.
When we have been giving them their grain my husband and I would try to sneak a touch on Sunflower or Ivy's backs. Well, to my surprise, this morning when I tried to touch Ivy she did back up but came right back to the feed. I again tried to rub her back and she stayed a little longer before moving away. The third time I tried she stayed and let me. When she finished the grain in her feeder she came up to me because I still had the scoop in my hand. She was getting a "special" treat from the scoop and with that she let me rub her neck the whole time. I guess since I was letting her have a "treat" she decided to finally let me have one.
I just love surprises like that!