When I returned to check on the pair, the baby and mama were again in the back of the pen in the trees. Argh! So I picked baby up and carried her again to the shelter, tied the barricade in place this time and even though Karin jumped right back out over the fence, I was pretty sure Jeanette could not get out. But when I checked just before nightfall, out she was and back with mamma in the trees. I scattered some straw there yesterday so the little one would not have to lay on the snow.
So, I decided to create a bit of a shelter since the mother insisted on staying there. I had to haul the straw bales on the toboggan, two at a time and set them up as a windbreak with a piece of plywood against the north side. I scattered a half bale of fresh straw on the ground and stuffed in corner and cracks with straw as well to keep the drafts out. The only protection from above were the meager tree branches, but if baby snuggles down in the fresh clean straw, she should be fairly protected from the wind and snow. It was the best I could do since mama would not cooperate and stay in the shelter. I hope they are safe and sound tomorrow. I think the llama who lost her cria in the bitter cold was Joyce, because Lucy looks as though she is ready to deliver any day now. I will keep checking because the nights are still cold. Llamas usually have their crias between 9 and noon, though, so I do not have to worry about midnight arrivals with them.
Snuggle close to mama Karin, little Jeanette. By the way, the llamas are all named after my female cousins, so my family is always with me. Blessings.