For those of you who do not follow me on Facebook, the sad news this week is that our beloved llama, Jerry, passed away from Meningeal worm.
He had been sick for about a week, but we were hoping that with the aggressive treatment he was getting there was a possibility he would pull through. Meningeal worm is a very serious parasite, though, and very few camelids recover from a serious infection. It’s a very tough parasite to prevent and even harder to cure, and though he’d been on a steady dose of Dectomax and Ivomec for the last several years we just happen to live in the perfect climate for raising worms of all kinds. But, one thing we’ve learned in farming is that death is always lurking around the edges, and you can’t avoid it.
This has been a rather traumatic loss for us; Jerry has been our mascot of sorts since we embarked on this journey.
When Modern Farmer sponsored Lambcam last year he was hands down the star of the show. Everybody loved Jerry, and his loss will be deeply felt.
So long, you crazy llama. It’s not going to be the same around here without you.
So sorry to hear this…..he was my first up-close encounter with a llama and he was great. He will be remembered well…RIP sweet boy….
Oh Amy… so so sorry to hear the news! Jerry was very special. he’ll always be in our happiest memories of the farm.
I am so very sorry, I had llamas and have battled this worm. It is devastating.
I’m so sorry for your loss. Jerry looked like he had so much personality!