Everyone is back where we like them to be:
cattle in the pasture and alpaca in the corral and their own pen.

Ann got a shock
when she came to the barn
to do the evening chores.
When she looked over
into the alpaca pen,
instead of alpaca,
she saw about 30 cattle.
Much of our attention and effort
goes into protecting the animals
and so I can imagine
the heart-pounding
she must have taken at that moment.
She quickly located the alpaca,
about a quarter of a mile away,
at the west fence
near the creek.
They were happily grazing.
Her job then was to get the cattle
out of the alpaca pen
and lure the alpaca back to the barn.
She locked the two goats
in their small pen
and then called the alpaca.
They came running
about halfway back to the barn—
and stopped.
So she went into the alpaca pen
and drove the cattle out
into the south pen of the corral.
With some alpaca food in their buckets,
she enticed the alpaca
to come to her
and they followed her
through the north pen of the corral
and home into their pen.
Then she let the cattle out
into the north pen of the corral
and they eventually went back out to pasture.
They evidently had leaned up against a gate
that opens into the alpaca pen,
so she secured it once again.
Quite an adventure for Ann,
and the alpacas,
who, as far as we know,
hadn’t had such a close encounter with cattle
and seemed to enjoy their time
out in the big pasture.
Not ones to challenge a fence
or try to escape,
they seem happy enough today
back home
in the pens they share
with the goats, chickens and guineas.
The cattle seem content too,
on the other side of the alpaca pen,
lying in the shade of the hedgerow.