Yes, you read that correctly...alpaca adopts kitten.
We noticed that our barn cat, Ocean, was getting chubby. We thought she was too young to be pregnant, but when she began to 'waddle', we knew. I made up a cozy spot in the barn for her. One morning, as I was doing the feedings, I heard her. She obviously was a nervous first time mom, because right there on the 4-wheeler seat (not the cozy spot I made) she was delivering her newborn kitten. My daughter named the kitten Marina. Ocean was a good Momma to Marina, taking very good care of her newborn. As Marina grew, they even started to play together.
Then things changed. Ocean started growling and hissing at Marina. Yep, you guessed it - pregnant again! (As cute as kittens are, Ocean will be having surgery.) Marina was confused, sad, heartbroken. It was at that time when another budding relationship started.
Imagine, if you will, a tall creature, with long legs and a very long neck. Her name is Cashmere (a cream colored alpaca). One day, Marina stopped to talk to her outside the barn. "Excuse me" Marina said, "can I talk to you for a minute? I am really confused right now. I have been watching you from afar and you seem really nice. Can you please help me?" Marina went on to tell Cashmere her story...
Cashmere, being the gentle giant that she is, bent down to comfort Marina with a hug. Cashmere said to the little kitten "I will take care of you and protect you. I WILL adopt you!" The bond between these two since that first talk has been amazing. It has been a blessing to watch.
Cashmere seems to be 'teaching' Marina something here.
They take walks together. Sometimes they pause at the water bucket and observe the world around them. These are life lessons that Cashmere is teaching Marina.