Vera's babies - Tiger
Mixed -- DOB 26/9/23 -- Boar-- Short hair
Tiger is a confident baby who is gentle and doesn't cause a fuss. He is the second biggest baby and is the least skittish of the bunch. He is a happy chap and is looking for a home with another boar who can become his friend. He likes romaine lettuce, celery, cucumber, kale and pepper but isn't a fan of carrot. He is still shy and will need gentle handling to help him gain confidence.
Vera and Belle
Mixed -- DOB 26/10/22 approx -- Sow -- Short hair
Crested -- DOB 26/3/22 approx -- Sow -- Short hair
We took in Vera and Belle as part of a rescue of 6 - 4 girls and 2 boys. We took 2 girls and the lads to fellow rescuer Reta and Coseley GPR, and 2 sows back with us. They had been living outdoors with little bedding (they were very soggy on collection) and in a group, so all of the sows have been on pregnancy watch. Vera was very obviously pregnant, and it now appears her sister and her niece (at Coseley) are also unfortunately pregnant! Belle is still on pregnancy watch.
They are actually very curious girls who are happy to explore your hands and eat snacks from them. The are nervous to pick up, but they are learning to walk into a hidey house which we then pick them up in instead - they are both very smart girls! They are also very, very loud and if you move at all they are up at the bars watching you in case you are heading to the kitchen. In that case, ear-piercingly high wheeking will begin! Vera was in pretty good condition on arrival, although she did have lice and was a bit itchy scratchy. She also had some dental issues - one of her incisors was snapped, but it has grown back!
Belle was a different story. At first glance she looked fine, but once we had a good look at her she was looking a little rough. Her coat was very starey and coarse, and it was thinning in places. Her hips and hind legs were stiff, and she was itchy with a louse infestation. She was very thin and had little muscle mass, and her incisors teeth were slanted. This indicated an issue with her molar teeth - she struggled to eat the normal sized dry pellets and so had to be swapped to tiny ones and managed well. She is now a much better weight, her joints are back to normal and her coat is now much softer and thicker.
Vera gave birth to her babies on 26/9/23.
Vera's babies - Minky & Sprite
Mixed -- DOB 26/9/23 -- Boars-- Short hair
Minky is the smallest baby of Vera's litter. However, he is also the loudest! He was a real mummy's boy and is still sticking close to his brothers for comfort. He is steadily becoming more confident however, and has mad popcorning sessions at cleaning out time! He is also not a fan of carrot but happily munches on most other snacks. He is the more submissive of the pair.
Baby Sprite is a cheeky boy and the biggest of Vera's babies. He is now quite independent but occasionally runs back to his brothers for reassurance! He is a very chatty boy and enjoys ripping cardboard toys into pieces. He is very fast and will need some gentle handling like Minky. For this reason, the boys are not suitable for children to handle yet.
Orlando and Libby
Mixed -- DOB 26/2/22 approx -- Boar -- Short hair
Mixed -- DOB 3/1/22 approx -- Sow -- Short hair
Poor Lando was dumped by the local canal in an isolated spot along with some rubbish and children's toys. Thrown away like trash. He was spotted around the 21st April but couldn't be caught.
After searching just about every inch of the area multiple times over the next few days with lots of help, unfortunately he seemed to have disappeared.
Fast forward 2 weeks and, whilst photographing the birds at a local wildlife centre I happened to look across the river to where he was last seen. We had left a box with hay and some water for him, and I zoomed in to have a look, just in case. Up popped Lando's head from by his box!!
Once home, he was thin, tired, dehydrated, cold and terrified.
He has taken a while to come out of his shell and is still a bit of a nervous boy, but he is getting bolder everyday and is now a normal weight for his age and size. He doesn't like parsley or pepper (fussy for a half starved stray!) but loves a big pile of hay and his nuggets.
He gets very excited at sweeping out time and will wheek and popcorn crazily with happiness. He knows the sound of the fridge, however quietly you try to open it, and is a curious and inquisitive little fellow.
He's quite quick to catch but once you have him on your lap he is happy to sit for a while with you. He likes to rest under your chin, but as he is so curious he also likes to walk about on you and explore. When he is having cuddles, he doesn't stop chatting to you!
He was originally bonded with Rufus, but sadly as Rufus reached maturity the boys fell out and had to be separated.
Lando was castrated on 18/11/22, and is ready for adoption from the 30th of December.
Lovely Princess Libby was surrendered as sadly her sister had to be put to sleep and her family didn't want Libby to become lonely. She is a very... voluptuous girl and is definitely in need of a diet! Her nails were very long and curled. She is a lovely sweet girl, not fazed by anything. She will sit on you for hours, licking away at your face and hands. She is definitely in charge of the pair, but they love each other very much and get on amazingly well.
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