We recently heard from some of our friends and KEA members from the east side of Coeur d’Alene Lake about how a small herd of llamas at Arrow Ranch was struggling to survive the recent winter weather. We thought we’d pass along their story:
When the snow began last Monday [before Thanksgiving], I noticed the herd of fifteen clustered around the manger in the pasture. As the week progressed, I would pass them on my way into town and again later in the day. They were always standing there. Oddly, I never saw them eating anything. Finally, I stopped to investigate. Nowhere was there any evidence that these animals had been fed since the snow began.
After some conversations with Kootenai County animal control, the County located the owner who responded that the animals were being fed some 40 to 50 pounds of hay every two to three days. However:
All through the weekend, the llamas continued to stand, seemingly snowbound, in that same place. Tuesday, I spoke to a man with the Montana Large Animal Rescue. He states that, in this weather, each adult llama requires 10 pounds of hay daily! That means they should be getting 150 lbs total each and every day! How will this end for these animals?
The neighbors rallied. They delivered hay.
It has been very powerful watching many of our neighbors respond to this call for helping the llamas. This will be a day to day watch and many of us are willing to step in to make sure these innocent animals do not starve.
It is amazing how much one can learn about an animal, from going through a situation such as the neighborhood is presently facing regarding the llamas at Flying Arrow Ranch. If you are out and about today and able to drive by Flying Arrow Ranch, take a look at the llamas right now – today. They are behaving as fed animals in winter are supposed to behave. They are clustered around the leftover hay (thanks to a neighbor for delivering that!), chewing their cud and they are no long begging – for now.
The neighbors getting involved want nothing more than to keep these animals safe and without suffering, especially during this extreme winter weather we are experiencing.
When asked about what KEA could do to help, we got these words of wisdom:
What is needed is some sort of system of animal advocacy. There are far too many animals suffering the ill effects caused by the economic situation and/or the lack of information on the part of their caretakers. The best thing people can do right now is to pay attention to the animals around them. Get information on the care of suspected neglected animals. And finally, do something — if things look wrong, they probably are. As Gandhi said, “the greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
We couldn’t agree more. We certainly hope this ends well, but it’s early in the year, and there are a lot of animals in our county. In any event, thanks to our wonderful east side neighbors for coming to the rescue.
UPDATE 1/21: We heard from a commenter that the llamas have been recently checked out by a vet, and that they’re doing okay now. Good to hear.