P.E.I.'s Island Hill Farm welcomes baby goats, blind alpaca

Island Hill Farm's social media is flooded with adorable photos of baby goats, and their blind baby alpaca.

Talula the alpaca has cataracts, but is learning to navigate the house and barn

Flory Sanderson holds Talula, an alpaca, right after she was born. It's too cold for Talula in the barn, so she's moved in to the house. (Submitted by Island Hill Farm)

Many people like to post photos of their new babies on social media, and Flory Sanderson of Island Hill Farms in Hampshire, P.E.I., is no exception.

Her Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts are full of photos of the new baby goats and the nearly blind alpaca born on her farm since the new year.

Kate and Charlotte were born a week ago. This photo was taken the morning after they were born. (Submitted by Island Hill Farm)

Sanderson said her regular customers know their animals well — and love seeing the photos of the new arrivals.

"They're as excited as we are," Sanderson said.

Goats Griffin and Gabe are now a month old. (Submitted by Island Hill Farm)

Sanderson said it's not unusual for kidding season to start in the winter. She staggers the breeding so baby goats are due between now and April.

Madagascar, or Maddie, is the first 'fainting goat' or myotonic goat to be born at Island Hill Farm. (Submitted by Island Hill Farm)

She has 75 goats right now but expects by spring she could have 125.

Twins Charles and Camilla were born to Elizabeth on Wednesday. (Submitted by Island Hill Farm)

"It's awesome. We have three daughters and two are in Australia and one just left for New Zealand, so it's pretty exciting to have some kids to look after again," she said.

Katie was born on Wednesday, and was just hours old when this photo was taken. (Submitted by Island Hill Farm)

This year, Sanderson's alpaca gave birth for the first time.

She was unable to feed her baby, Talula, so the wee alpaca has moved into the house, where she lives in the laundry room.

Talula's mother isn't able to feed her, so Island Hill Farm owner Flory Sanderson bottle feeds her. (Submitted by Island Hill Farm)

"I wasn't used to bottle feeding again in the house. I even had to have our first baby sitter when we went out the other night — our first babysitter in 20 years," said Sanderson.

Talula sits in the kitchen to wait for her bottle five times each day. (Submitted by Island Hill Farm)

"She can walk from her bedroom, which is in the laundry room, and she'll come right into the kitchen and sit there and wait for her bottle," Sanderson said.

"It's a bit of a challenge, but she's doing great."

She said Talula visits her mother in the barn during the day and will move back outdoors when she has enough fur to withstand the cold.

At less than a week old, alpaca Talula doesn't have enough fur to stay warm in the cold, so she wears a sweater. (Submitted by Island Hill Farm)

"She's okay out there, but after a few hours she's a bit cold but she has three jackets that she puts on," she said.

"All my animals are kind of pets, but it's important to keep livestock as livestock."

With three different jackets to choose from, Talula is a bit of a fashionista. (Submitted by Island Hill Farm)

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