MANKATO — Getting a haircut is commonly a calming expertise for individuals sitting in a stylist’s chair and feeling pampered.
But Diablo and Durango had been something however happy as they obtained their winter coats sheared Tuesday.
The alpacas on the Sibley Park Farm did what alpacas do when upset: screeched and screeched and screeched some extra.
Most of the farm animals have returned to the park for the summer time and the 2 alpacas obtained their conventional spring shearing — prefer it or not.
Professional shearers Brent Winslow, of Chatfield, and Alex Andera of Elma, Iowa, had been available to do the job as a crowd regarded on.
“We do that for 90 days and the remainder of the 12 months we shear sheep,” Andera mentioned.
One at a time the alpacas had been laid on their sides and ropes connected to their back and front legs; then they had been stretched to maintain them from transferring or kicking through the shearing.
Winslow and Andera labored rapidly to shear 5 to 10 kilos of fleece off every one, doing the physique first after which taking off the shaggy cap on their heads.
Mark Koch, Mankato public works operations supervisor, who heads up take care of the animals, mentioned most are again of their summer time house.
While the lambs, donkeys, cows, calves and goats are again, the peafowl, pheasants, turkeys and chickens had been anticipated to arrive Wednesday.
“We held off on the birds. It’s been fairly chilly for them.”
Koch was anticipating seeing the arrival of 1 chicken specifically — a white eared pheasant, present in China and different Asian international locations and named for its white coloration and distinguished ear tufts.
“We’ve by no means had one — they’re exhausting to get,” Koch mentioned.
Most of the farm animals are on mortgage from farmers or breeders within the area and keep on the park till mid-October.
But the 2 alpacas are owned by town and spend the colder months at a boarding facility.
City staff, together with seasonal employees, take care of the animals through the summer time.
The metropolis workers begin their days early, letting the grazing animals out of their barn stalls into fenced-in pasture areas. And their pens are cleaned out earlier than guests begin arriving on the park.
Most of the animals are fed and get recent water twice a day. Each pen has its personal water faucet. The feed is stored within the barns together with directions on what variety and the way a lot to give to every group of animals. The grazers additionally get recent batches of hay.
While doing their every day chores, the caretakers are also in search of any indicators animals won’t be in good well being. The metropolis’s accomplice veterinarian is contacted at any time when there’s a concern.
The beginnings of Sibley Farm date again over a century. It as soon as was a zoo, house to animals together with bears, a lion and timber wolves. After the flood of 1965, a lot of the few animals that survived had been despatched to Como Zoo in St. Paul.
Animals of the principally barnyard selection returned to the park within the mid Seventies. Nearly a decade in the past the farm was upgraded, together with a barn, different buildings and a close-by playground for youths.