Lost Creek Ranger Arikaree
ILR # pending
female b. 6-23-2016
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Arikaree definitely has the "eye candy" paint job, but it's her sensible, mellow, interactive personality — inherited from both parents — that we enjoy and value most.
Like 3/4 sib Koa, Arikaree has never shown any confusion about whether humans have a "milk bar" — her brain is definitely engaged and in the driver's seat, even when instinctive impulses are at play. Unlike Koa, though, Arikaree's grandma Greymist is now in the maternity / senior female pasture, and Arikaree spent a few days bugging grandma for milk. Perhaps Greymist's shared DNA results in a confusing scent.
As with all of our babies, we'll keep Arikaree for at least several years to thoroughly assess her attributes as a packer and evaluate her as a potential breeder in our herd. Although we'd rather she'd gotten her sire's standard coat, with the high likelihood of decent to excellent seasonal shedding, odds are we can live with it. Regardless of that, with so many fine packing llamas in her ancestry, she should be a very enjoyable trail companion.
We're not planning to sell Arikaree because half-sister Toiyabe was born with partial choanal atresia. Our evidence (and that of others) is now pointing to a specific teratogen administered within a specific critical window of gestation rather than a purely hereditary cause, but until we have more concrete evidence, our ethics demand that we retain Arikaree in our herd.
Arikaree Peak is on the Continental Divide in the Rocky Mountains and is visible from the Nederland, Colorado area, where we lived for a short time. Arikaree Peak, in turn, was named for the Arikara tribe of Native Americans. The name "Arikara" may mean "horns", refering to the Arikara tribe's custom of wearing two upright bones in their hair ... and looking kinda like llama ears, perhaps?