Talula, a baby alpaca born blind at Island Hill Farm, has died.

Owner Flory Sanderson said the alpaca was perky and "jumping around" on Tuesday morning, but took a turn for the worse around 4 p.m.

'She was just perfect in her special little way. I'll be lonesome without her.' — Flory Sanderson, Island Hill Farm owner

Talula was taken to the Atlantic Veterinary College and given a five per cent chance of survival.

"Talula did die on her own … it is sad, but she was so loved, and she wasn't stressed when she went," said Sanderson.

The cause of death is still unclear. Island Hill Farm said on twitter that a necropsy will be performed Wednesday.

A tough start

Talula was born Jan. 15 and was her mother Dorie's first baby.

Dorie wasn't able to feed her at first, so Talula moved into the farm house where she was fed from a bottle.

Sanderson said Talula had a tough start in life.

"Right from the get go — she was born, it was –25 C, it was cold and she was pretty much frozen," she said.

Before Talula's death, Dorie had started nursing her again and Talula was spending more time in the barn.

Sanderson said Talula's death has been hard on everyone at the farm, including Dorie.

"Everytime I go out, she doing her call and looking at me like, 'Where's my baby?'" she said.

Since sharing the news of Talula's death, Sanderson has been "overwhelmed" with the outpouring of support.

"She was just perfect in her special little way. I'll be lonesome without her," she said.


Talula and her mother, Dorie. (Kolby Perry‎/Facebook)