We shear the alpaca
every year on Earth Day
so they are cooler in the summer.
Even so,
they get hot
on the Oklahoma prairie.
We know when Mr. Darcy is hot
because he washes his front feet
in the water trough.
He’s done that a couple of days
in the last few weeks,
so we have set up a mister
and a sprinkler
for them.
We turn the water on for a little while
in the hottest part of the day.
Darcy loves water.
He stands where the mist blows
on his face.
And when the sprinkler is on,
he stands right above it.
William and Biak Bay
have to stand alongside him
catching whatever drops they can.

Mr. Darcy standing over the sprinkler