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...
Unfortunately for Scribble these are the kind of creatures that Buddy would like for him to consult before he goes off on his adventure!
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!
I found Scribble's twin!
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.
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.
Scribble had a bath and then shortly after he was neutered (what a rough life)
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.
She then decided to become the queen of all things tall within her cage.
Meribel continued to grow and Scribble continued to kill of his swimming mini-Scribbles
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.
Meribel says: SURPRISE!
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!
This little girl is nicknamed "Runty" who is currently 60g, gaining 10g since being 2 days old.
Cow is a boy who is now 82g from 65g.
Lefty is a boy who is 88g from 71g.
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 :)
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.
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".
It's lovely to see mini pigs darting around in the cage :)
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.
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)
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.
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.
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. :)
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!