Three boars, one cage.

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NoCableisSafe

Post   » Sun Aug 18, 2013 4:49 am


Thank you, Mildred. :)

GP_mum, I don't think that Susie intended the girls to be so co-ordinated, but I did notice that her cage is Blaze-City! We couldn't get Allsorts to sit still so Susie had to hold her belly so she wouldn't keep wandering off to see why a human (me) was sitting in their cage!

Scribble will be delighted. I'm so glad that he and Buddy are so closely bonded just now since I hope it will mean the mass introduction of the boys back into the group will go smoothly. Poor Buddy has some suspicious internal lumps forming just now inside of him, so it will be good to give Scribble more friends...

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NoCableisSafe

Post   » Wed Aug 21, 2013 6:47 pm


I put this over in cavy chat, but just in case I lose the thread...

Unfortunately for Scribble these are the kind of creatures that Buddy would like for him to consult before he goes off on his adventure!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gO1S1RZMpSY

I have been trying to teach all of the guinea pigs the circle trick... unfortunately Scribble is a bit confused by the concept of following food around about himself (oh dear.) so I started to focus on the sows (Scribble can learn the piggy trick level 0 - come when called for dinner) and then the video happened.

I don't like it when they don't do what I tell them to!

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Lynx
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Post   » Wed Aug 21, 2013 8:12 pm


Aw, that was cute! (but I understand your frustration!!)

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MildredM
The-Fairy-in-my-Heart

Post   » Wed Aug 21, 2013 9:19 pm


Ohoho! That was very funny. Good training video:))

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GP_mum
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Post   » Wed Aug 21, 2013 10:09 pm


I enjoyed the video. Allsorts was really trying to protect her piece of corn husk at the end.

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NoCableisSafe

Post   » Thu Aug 22, 2013 1:50 pm


Today I ended up looking at the SSPCA's web site...

I found Scribble's twin!

http://www.scottishspca.org/rehoming/animal/12615_bobbie

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MildredM
The-Fairy-in-my-Heart

Post   » Thu Aug 22, 2013 1:52 pm


Oooooh. What a sweetie :))

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clairey

Post   » Thu Aug 22, 2013 3:08 pm


I saw him and was thankful he's too far away.

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NoCableisSafe

Post   » Sun Sep 22, 2013 9:46 am


I remember when Scribble was able to fit his whole body into the cat food boxes and there would be enough room for Buddy to be able to eat some of the treats hidden within. Now Scribble's bottom is big and fluffy enough to hog everything and still not be inside!
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Scribble is now old enough and fat enough for his planned neuter. After the disaster which was me trying to house Tea and Kiba (long, long, long ago) I have a new fear of bonding baby boys so have decided the safest thing to do is to mix Scribble with sows who aren't afraid to pee in his face whenever he's being a muppet.

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serelixyue

Post   » Sun Sep 22, 2013 12:53 pm


I really love your doodle drawings! Wow, looks so professional! I still have the one you made of Puffy years ago tucked somewhere in my heart :) Scribbles is so cute! His black face kind of reminds me of Clairey's Bobbins. The girls are all looking plump and beautiful. Aw, NoCableisSafe, I haven't been to your thread often but now I'm going to be a regular!

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NoCableisSafe

Post   » Sat Nov 02, 2013 6:56 am


It has been too long since my last update and so much has happened!

Toward the end of September I welcomed Meribel into my home, a sow listed on gumtree who was living with boars under close supervision from her owner so couldn't possibly be pregnant.
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Scribble had a bath and then shortly after he was neutered (what a rough life)
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Meribel cleared her three weeks of quarantine and after a checkover by the vet was confirmed to be healthy and full of babies. Vet estimated that at least two mini pigs were cooking and wished us all of the luck in the world.
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She then decided to become the queen of all things tall within her cage.
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Meribel continued to grow and Scribble continued to kill of his swimming mini-Scribbles
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Then, on Friday 1st November Meribel activated her clone mechanism. I say this because it's the only explanation for how a constantly supervised (by her previous owner) sow living with two boars could have become pregnant in the first place. Clearly her clone mechanism was faulty last night because she decided to double the vets estimate.

Of the six, four are still with us though it was not for a lack of trying to revive the two who died by either Meribel or me. The two who didn't make it were 2-3 times the size of the surviving four, I can only assume they had a harder time being brought into the world.
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Meribel says: SURPRISE!
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Last night, until Meribel settled down with the pups (she had a lot of things to do and had already tended to them between rushing off to eat) they followed her around with the raw determination of a toddler!
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Lynx
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Post   » Sat Nov 02, 2013 10:01 am


What super pictures! I love the lighting on the 6th one down.

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clairey

Post   » Sat Nov 02, 2013 12:24 pm


Little froggy baby-legs! More, more!

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MildredM
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Post   » Sat Nov 02, 2013 1:38 pm


Aw! What a lot of babies! Sorry for the ones that didn't make it. She is so sweet and so are those mini-Merinels! Lovely pics and yes, lovely light in number 6, but they are all lovely!

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NoCableisSafe

Post   » Tue Nov 05, 2013 6:44 pm


Four Days Old. Boyfriend and I assigned the little mini pigs their nicknames so we knew which we were talking about and who was who when we were reading out weights and sharing mini-pig stories.

This little girl is nicknamed "Runty" who is currently 60g, gaining 10g since being 2 days old.
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Cow is a boy who is now 82g from 65g.
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Lefty is a boy who is 88g from 71g.
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These three tiny tearaways have grown to become more noisy and active as each day passes. They will often be found giving their mother some peace and pestering an aunty and I am certain they like to tag-team the grumpy sows to remind them that they won't be leaving any time soon.

They seem to especially like to sit near to Annie - perhaps because she looks a bit like them :)
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Sadly on day two we lost Brown Eyes, a boy who mostly looked like his mother. He just became so tired and then faded away despite hand feeding and antibiotics.
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Boyfriend is proving himself to be a very compassionate mini pig guardian, especially since losing Brown Eyes I think he's come to realise just now fragile mini pigs really are. He has been the first to poke his head into the pet room to make sure they are alright and none of them "are sleepy".
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It's lovely to see mini pigs darting around in the cage :)
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Meribel herself is much skinnier and doing brilliantly. I couldn't have asked for a better mum-pig. As a lower ranking sow she is quite alright about kicking pesky aunties who are getting in her way.
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Scribble is completely unaware that we will be destroying his bachelor pad sometime this week as we merge the cage he and Buddy share onto the cage with the girlie pigs. For now he and Buddy can enjoy some peace and quiet to play Hay Turtle together (Buddy is beneath that mound of hay)
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GP_mum
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Post   » Tue Nov 05, 2013 9:56 pm


So sorry for your loss of Brown eyes but glad to see that the rest of the mini-pigs are doing well. Your pigs must love having all that hay to tunnel under.

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serelixyue

Post   » Wed Nov 06, 2013 5:52 am


Oh the mini pigs are so precious! What a wonderful post, loved the photo of them among the hay, had to squint to locate them, awwww, I remember when I used to have babies roaming around. I'm sorry about Brown Eyes, he looks so cozy all cuddled up... :'( I know the babies and dear Meribel have entered a really loving family :')

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MildredM
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Post   » Wed Nov 06, 2013 5:55 am


Yes, I agree, Sere! They are gorgeous! I am sorry about little Brown Eyes x

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Brainerror

Post   » Sat Nov 09, 2013 12:03 pm


I'm so in love with cow..........

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NoCableisSafe

Post   » Sat Nov 09, 2013 1:24 pm


Brainerror - you have fallen in love with the mini pig so dear to my heart and also the only one who has a home (because I secretly hope that when her elder boy passes on she will want to return Cow and not keep pigs longer! :D )

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Today we went to the vet. I took Meribel and the babies and my flatmate asked me to take her boy (Scribble's companion) Buddy to the vet for a check up as he wasn't doing as well as she'd like. When we got home I realised just how unwell Buddy was an stayed in with him to feed him until she gets home from work.
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Scribble seems to go through phases of comforting Buddy and just wanting him to play, play, play! Also: Scribble is almost 1 year old!!!!! I can't believe that he's still such a popcorn king.
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The good news from the vet is that Runt, who was clicking while breathing, doesn't appear to sound like she has a respiratory infection. I'm trying to not relax too much in case life says "SUCKA!" and throws a lightening bolt at another pig but it was greatly reassuring to hear the little lady isn't showing any worrying signs.

Looking at her last night with Meribel when they were having 1:1 time, it's great to see that despite her small size she's full of beans. :)
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Today, since I wanted to keep an eye on Buddy, I had a "pet day" and while having said pet day I decided to re-arrange the pet room to prepare for merging the girls and the boys (both neutered and swimmer free) cages. Now we just need for Buddy to get better so I can add the ramp!
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