An alpaca missing in the Fort Calhoun area was found Thursday night but died early Friday, apparently from the stress of its ordeal.
Owner Kay Ryschon said Summer, 7, was found wedged in a narrow ravine on an acreage west of Fort Calhoun.
She and others extricated the animal and a veterinarian treated her. Ryschon said they were hopeful she would pull through, but she died about 5:40 a.m. Friday.
Summer apparently hadn’t been fed or watered since she went missing from the pasture she shares with about 30 other alpacas sometime Tuesday afternoon. There were no visible injuries to the animal.
“They just cannot handle stress,” Ryschon said.
Investigators, she said, still are looking into the incident. But she can’t believe the animal would have just wandered into the area.
Washington County Sheriff’s deputies could not be reached for comment Friday.
Ryschon said her daughter, who picked Summer for her own when she was a youngster, is devastated. Her family considers the docile, friendly animals to be part of the family.