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Lost Creek Dunc'n Hawk

 

ILR # 291712

male  b. 06-06-2018

Eagles' Nest' Americus ("Bull") x Lost Creek Sagehopper

Dunc'n is a stout and sturdy fellow — 31.3 lbs at birth — and shockingly reminiscent of paternal grandsire Gold'n Hawk in his brillo-pad guard hair, color, heavy build, ears, head, and disposition. In addition, Dunc'n has Sage's excellent gaits with an even better natural trot. Dunc'n's total package oozes "harness potential" and has Gwen drooling over the possibilities. Despite Gwen's attraction to him, Dunc'n is not a natural "people-person llama" and his preference in humans is "no thanks" ... but he's sloooowly coming around. He can often be seen watching Gwen intently, trying to figure her out.

Dunc'n's coat initially looked like it was going to be longer and denser than desirable for a working llama, but at age four months, he started to shed out; we're now expecting Dunc'n will have an excellent standard Classic coat after all. In addition, because both parents are standard coat Classics, Dunc'n may also be homozygous for both traits (short and shedding). The rest of the package was pretty compelling from the start, so it now appears that Dunc'n is on track to join our "inner circle" (no outside breeding) team of Classic pack studs.

Because we are in desperate need of one or two working and "trainer" geldings and because Dunc'n is already a favorite of Gwen's ("oozes harness potential", remember?), we will retain him even if he fails to make the grade as a stud. For now we are just enjoying Dunc'n's outlook on his new world ... and his interactions with agemates Cynamon and Carhartt.

"Duncan" is a Scottish name from two words meaning "dark or brown" and "battle or warrior." Dunc'n is a very dark color, and his mom had a battle to birth him (a very long labor culminating in dystocia, in this case both front legs needing repositioning). Dunc'n's resemblance to Gold'n Hawk was unusually striking from the start, and we were compelled to find a name that referenced his beloved paternal grandsire — Dunc'n Hawk fits perfectly.