Name needed for newborn alpaca

Island Alpaca welcomed its newest alpaca three days ago, when this cria was born. — Gabrielle Mannino

Silver Angel, a 6-year-old hembra (adult female alpaca) at Island Alpaca in Vineyard Haven, has just given birth to a little cupid.

The 3-day-old cria (newborn alpaca) does not yet have a name. Island Alpaca is having a public contest to see who can come up with the best name for the cute male alpaca. Barbara Ronchetti, owner of Island Alpaca, said she wants to find a name that either starts with the same letter as the mother’s name, or to have a similar name. She said any names about angels will be considered, or any names starting with the letter S. The winner will receive a $100 gift certificate to the Island Alpaca store.

A contest was also held where people could guess the alpaca’s birth weight and win a $50 gift certificate to the Island Alpaca store. Someone made a near-exact guess, at 18.4 pounds. There is a clipboard at the alpaca farm where people can write name suggestions, but anyone who thinks they have a cute or clever name can also call Island Alpaca at 508-693-5554. Another expectant hembra, Angelina, will give birth in mid-August, according to Ronchetti. “It could be a week earlier or a week later, we’re not entirely sure,” Ronchetti said.