We are back from the UK. The animal sanctuary in Wales (www.cefn-yr-erw.co.uk) is amazing; its owners are utterly devoted to their 200+ animals which are mostly rescued from circuses, closed-down zoos and occasionally the wild (like an injured baby fox found recently).
Their exotic animals include a capybara (a close relation of the guinea pig), timber wolves, porcupines, capuchin monkeys, soft-shelled snapper turtles, marmosets, the list goes on and on! This week they're taking in chimps from some European zoo that kept them on pebbly cement which has given them horrific sores.
Their chinchillas, rabbits and guinea pigs are all unwanted pets. I was most impressed with their piggies which were tame, chubby (they looked like footballs) and had lovely glossy coats. I hope my 5 pigs come back looking like that--maybe quarantine will be more like a piggie spa!
Do check out this sanctuary or their website if you can. It's a lovely place to visit. One feels so much at peace surrounded by happy animals...
Yeah I wish I could find 5 stand-ins!
A piggy cam is being considered although I bet the quarantine laws rule it out!
We are constructing a transport cage for them this week so they can travel in comfort on the plane and van. The total travel time, door to door, should be 12 hours. They will take the night flight to London, arrive in the morning and be whisked away in a van to Wales. I wonder if they can start earning air miles : )
Sorry for my confusing email; yes I would like their pics posted in the galleries but only when it is convenient for you. Thanks in advance!
After I emailed you I realised how busy you were and thought I'd ask webs to post the picture in the thread first. I simply couldn't wait for them to make their debut!!!
I'm really dreading when they go. I don't know what can fill the vacuum that they leave. Thankfully I'll have this forum to vent my frustrations, hehe.
The sanctuary has 2 vets living just around the corner. I have asked them to consult me and this website if they are unsure about anything.
Any tips on making their travel cage comfy? I'm lining it with fleece and only giving them orchard grass in case timothy hay pokes their eyes during turbulence. I'll attach 3 pigloos to the cage (can't fit all 5, my pigloos are big). They'd probably want to huddle anyways?
I'll attach 2 water bottles for them but in case they are too petrified to drink from the bottles I will put in a small block of ice containing chopped vegetables that will become exposed as the ice melts during the flight.
Any thoughts on this arrangement?
The quarantine guy (the sanctuary owner) will be at Heathrow to pick them up; he will be able to feed them. Then there's a 4-hour ride in a van to Wales.
Fingers crossed indeed there are no delays.
- I Love Lucy
It probably took my pigs 12+ hours to get here from NC. I think they had barely eaten and drank if at all as they had all lost nearly 50 grams from the time I sent them off to the time Zac unloaded them.
Everyone was fine though. :)
Search for my thread called "Flying with pigs". It might have details I've forgotten.
My pigs are not good with drinking from bottles (they slurp from bowls) so when they're stressed out it's even less likely that they will touch the bottles. Water bottles are not compulsory for air travel to the UK. If they are required for travel within the UK, the quarantiner will take care of that.
I'll put plenty of romaine lettuce, cucumber & green bell pepper and orchard grass hay in the cage. They'll be on fleece and newspaper.
The good news is, they've arrived at London Heathrow and are currently being checked by the vets at the airport facility called the Arc. My babies have been taken out of their travel cage and can rest a bit before continuing their journey to Wales. They should be "home" by lunchtime (UK time, that is).
The piggies should be arriving at the animal sanctuary any moment now. After their rest at the airport vet's, they were put back in their travelling cage with new bedding, hay and yummy salad and resumed their travels.