I locked up all the feed and opened the gates for Tima and Tane to go for a walk yesterday. Tima and Tane are an old married couple (both kunekune pigs) who have lived together for years. He has bad legs and she is a nosy fat Mama.
Tima took off like a shot and ran straight up to the porch, looking in all the doors, she overturned all the buckets, she tried on all the boots, then trotted back down the steps and ran around the shed to see if there was a door open there.
It was like the Turtle and the Hare. Tima trotting about sticking her nose into everything and Tane very, very slowly and very, very surely walking out the gate, his crippled leg held above the ground, his other bad leg held out like a straight crutch, but he continued around the drive, past the shed, across the lawn and fetched up in his summer pen, where he spent the afternoon sleeping in the sunny straw left over there.
Tima found him in the summer house later in the day and they both walked back to the barn together.
By milking time they were tucked up, fast asleep in the deep straw in their sun-room in the barn. (Scroll down to the bottom of the page, past the comments and you will see them sleeping in the instagram image). Very cosy. Very cute. It was a very slow walk for Tane dragging his bad legs behind him but he seemed more doggard and determined than usual yesterday and when he was hurrying to keep up with Tima he even seemed to gain a rhythm to his strange gait.
He takes his pills like a trooper. He sees me coming every morning at the same time, sits down throws his great head back and opens his mouth wide showing off his teeth and tusks. All I do is throw the pills into his big wide mouth frog mouth and he swallows them without any problem. He does not care as long as there is apple going into his mouth straight after-wards.
I could throw rocks into that big mouth and he would chew them up.
I hope you have a great day,