Born: February 14, 2014
Loving Adoptive Parents: Mary Olesky and David Morales - Rio Rancho, NM
Loving Sponsors: Jason Berlin - Kinderhook, NY
Dahlia arrived at CARE on March 14, 2014. She was brought in with a badly broken leg. We were determined to do what we could to fix her, her soft coat and big eyes just had us from the very beginning.
We found out that her femur was broken in two. During surgery, our vet discovered the break was so bad that her hip was compromised. The only choice, besides euthanasia, was to amputate the leg. Quick research told us that yes, there are three-legged llamas out there. But the ones that we found had lost their legs below the knee and were fitted with a prosthetic. That would not be an option for this baby girl since she would be losing her leg very high up. Knowing that we were taking a risk, that the amputation might make it too hard for the llama to get around, we decided to take the risk and go ahead and give her the best chance at life possible hoping that her youth would be an advantage.
When the newly three-legged baby came out of sedation and finally regained stability, she did fantastic. Over a few days, it was like nothing had changed and she didn't even notice that she was missing an appendage. She got around great! She had amazing balance and could run like the wind!
As she has gotten older, she has continued to adapt to her missing leg. She has a fondness for any type of baby animal - she helped raise Araali and Zuberi when they were cubs. As they got older (and bigger) they had to be separated from Dahlia. It was a hard time for her. A local family that owns llamas heard she needed a friend, and that is when Yolo arrived to be Dahlia's life-long companion.