Spirit of a Hero...
CLOSE-KNIT SHAQUILLE'S OPERA
ARI# 31465601 D.O.B. 11/7/2008 (4 yrs)
Huacaya, Female, Unproven | Light Silver Grey
3/4 Peruvian, 1/4 Chilean
|| ARI# 814182 | Medium Rose Grey
This girl was the color of MOTHER OF PEARL at birth...pale & luminous.
Named for a classic and passionate art form, OPERA is the daughter of the unbelievable SHAQUILLE.
I have never seen such a pale and glowing light grey before Opera came into the world. Others are probably out there, but they are surely quite rare. On the surface one would think she's "white with a few brown spots," but no. She's pale silver grey.
Opera as a juvenile was a robust, straight-n-true, healthy and bouncy little girl and she thrived on the tremendous attention and excellent mothering her dam provided.
Opera, unfortunately, experienced something never before seen with alpacas...a massive stroke. That mid-March 2010 morning she was perfectly fine, but by noon she was found down on a hillside, in the "death fold," & unable to stand, move or anything. After extensive neurological testing by Cornell University it was determined that she had experienced a stroke...some sort of assault to the back part of her brain. We also discovered a heart murmur (I wonder if that could've caused the stroke).
The left side of her face appeared to droop a bit, but she could chew & swallow. She had lost all ability to stand, walk, hold her head up (it was bent severely in a 'u' shape curving her head to her left), but she wanted to eat, drink...to live. SO, I worked with her day & night, providing physical therapy 4 to 8 times per day. Alternative doctors worked w/her, too, providing acupuncture, kinesiology, & chiropractic help.
Opera's doing great now! Today, she can not only get up & down from cush position, she can walk, run & kick up her heels! For a long while, if she ended up on her side, sometimes she could not get up,requiring regular, watchful attention and help to get up. By February 2011, we have not found her "down" on her side even once for two, almost three months! Whoohoo! Healing in progress still...thank God.
Opera is my hero. I am so proud of her, & love her beyond words.