This morning however they were both huddled under the ramp in the little covered area I made for them. I got thier veggies and they kinda popcorned..
But after I put the veggies in they ate a bit and then BOLTED under the ramp.
Not even carrots would get em to come out.
I let em sit there and they eventually came out and started eating veggies. But when I went back over they ran as fast as they could back under the ramp.
Its like its back when I first got them all over again 0_0
Any loud sounds? Thunder and lightening? Anything like that?
I've heard others on here describe the same behavior and were never able to figure it out. Maybe they've got some suggestions for you? I would keep a close eye on both of them. You never know what odd behavior could mean.
I hope they're just spooked and realize nothing is wrong and relax soon.
Another thought, maybe they got into a little scuffle and are still shook up about it? Have you thoroughly checked both over for injuries?
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Since Ginny's vision has been deteriorating (cataracts), I have noticed that even unusual shadows moving can spook her quite easily.
Her cagemate is very tuned into Ginny's reactions, and becomes spooked as well.
Occasionally, they will avoid the part of the cage where they became "spooked" for quite a while. Once I discovered that it was a cuddle cup - they wouldn't go near it, no matter what. When I removed the cuddle cup and replaced it with a clean one, they were fine.
My best guess is that sometimes, the "spooked pig" will leave a scent behind (perhaps of fear?), to alert the others that there is something dangerous to be avoided in "this spot".
I have one pig who spooks once or twice a year. Won't go in one end of the cage. Reaches out towards it, extending his body, but shaking and terrified, then scrambles back into the house. And he's not even our scaredy-pig.
It's not the same corner that scares him each time, and we have never found any obvious reason. He gets over it in a couple days, but it's worrisome to watch.
I wonder if hay pokes or something convince them one area or object is a pig-eater.
Or maybe one of those Mad Scientists operating a lah-bora-toree in central Florida had this escape?
I'm glad your pair are feeling good again and all is well in Pigtopia
ETA: The other thing that freaks us out around here is weather changes. I think they learned this from Lois. She runs and hides in the darkest place she can when a front comes through- she's absolutely terrified. The pigs pick up on that usually and act all scared for a day.
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Silly girls; now me without my morning coffee WOULD be something to be afraid of.