We took in these lads (along with Slim Jim) in terrible condition. We collected them along with 2 bunnies (who have since been transferred to Hannah's Guinea Pig Sanctuary in Walsall who also has rescued one of the piggies from the same place as the boys) after spotting them for sale online living on a layer of their own poop. There was no bedding, no hay, no clean, dry area to rest in. It was very cold for them :( They smell strongly of cigarette smoke.
All three boys were very thin and they were suffering from a painful foot infection known as bumblefoot after living in their own pee and poop. Their feet were very red, hot and swollen. We've managed to get off the poop that was caked on their nails!
All three had patches of ringworm (fungal infection), especially poor Bigwig whose entire right eye was covered, and the inside of his ear.
They had bite wounds from the bunnies (not the bunnies' faults) that have scabbed over which is good although a few small scabs are yet to drop off, and they had sore, urine burned skin around their boy parts which has cleared up on clean, dry fleece.
They were a bit stiff, their coats were rough and their joints were a little swollen so we expect they were suffering from scurvy after a lack of suitable (or any, seeing as how thin they are) diet.
Slim Jim also had lice, so his brothers likely did as well.
They were so excited to see veggies on their first night here, after warily investigating the strange juicy crunchy things, and inhaled their nuggets in one sitting. They were so hungry and thirsty.
Bigwig is in charge of the 2 boys but both are still very nervous. They are very chatty however and absolutely love their hay and veggies! They're hungry growing lads. They will need a quiet, adult only home that can provide them with security, patience and kindness.
NEUTERED 11TH MARCH - CURRENTLY UNDERGOING BONDING
Ash (Coronet) arrived with his brother Brock (Abyssinian) and is a 2 year old boar. They were originally living outdoors in an aviary with budgies, but the garden has flooded, leaving the boys sitting in floodwater. Unfortunately their owner had been furloughed last year and couldnt get hold of another cage for them so they've been living in the en-suite!! Ash is quite bold and curious, but hates being handled at the moment and gets very scared if you attemp to touch him. He also likes to climb! Unfortunately he (and his brother) were both suffering a (thankfully mild) case of bumblefoot whoch is now all healed. Ash also had some barbered hair and had a dirty matted bum so we've trimmed off all his dirty hair and tidied him up a bit. He was a bit thin but has put on weight nicely although he'll never be a big lad. He no longer smells of stinky floodwaterwhich is a relief! Ash is quite a dominant character and so we have had him neutered so he can live with sows instead.
Approx 2 years
Hi, I'm Spooky
Hello everyone, it's nice to meet you. I'm Spike, although for some reason my ma calls me Spooky. I am an old boy, been there, done that, got the arthritis. No really, I have arthritis in my old bones! Luckily there's a tasty liquid ma gives me which takes the edge off. I am a friendly guy, I really just want to be with you all the time. Cuddles are great, especially when you have food for me. If you wouldn't mind could you cut it up small? My teeth are a bit overgrown so I struggle a little. Maybe I should invest in some dentures? And glasses! I can't see well as there's something wrong with my right eye. I have drops for that and it's started to feel better and it doesn't run any more. Did you say something? Sorry, my ears are very grubby so I can't hear you well. I have antibiotics to help clear the infection but it's gotten pretty far which isn't great. So far in fact my head tilts now, but hopefully the medicines will create an improvement. Once ma had cleared my impaction (old man problems, what can I say?) I felt like a spring chicken! Sort of. Anyways, I'm off for some hot cocoa and a nap. Where are my slippers?
Basically everything about the beautiful Elma is a mystery - other than that she was surrendered to a local pet store. A woman was knocking on the front doors of the store before opening, with a carrier.
She told the colleague who opened the door that she'd had Elma from a friend a week or so ago, and she didn't get on with her 8 pigs (Boars? Sows? Who knows. She is currently on baby watch!).
When the colleague politely told her about the waiting list for surrenders, this vile woman announced that if the store didn't take Elma, she was going to immediately take her straight to the vets to be euthanised!
This person put the store colleague in a really difficult position. The colleague told this woman to look for a local resuce, to which the woman replied asking the colleague to find her one! Thankfully the colleague then promptly snatched Elma from this woman's carrier and took her away to safety. To cries of 'why are you being like this?' - why do you flippin' think?!
So, Elma (named by the store) has come to join us in the hopes that she will be Ash's new wife once his post neuter 6 weeks is up and her pregnancy watch is over! She is adult, but other than that any age we can give would be an estimate at best.