You will remember that for almost a year now Tane has not been able to walk very well. During last winter he slowed down so badly, that I was asked on a number of occasions whether it would not be kinder to put him down. He could not use his back legs at all. He was literally balancing on his front legs to eat. I was getting him up to go to the toilet but he often ate lying down.
He kept up his turmeric with food and pain relief, both given to him with his breakfast for the whole winter. Well, last month he discovered that he could still run, he could not walk very well still, peddling his back legs in the air trying to get traction, laying down to eat, sitting, giving up. But sometimes if he did not think about it he could run.
Well in the last week or so Tane has begun to walk – just like a real pig. Now he can walk AND run. All four of his legs working in unison. The only change I can think of is that the grass is growing so he is no longer eating grain, maybe lost a little weight. The change is incredible.
But whatever has caused this I am so happy for the wee boar. He can walk far now, and cruises the garden with a smile on his crooked wee face. Makes me feel tearful. I know it may not last for long with his congenital spinal issues but this little miracle is welcome.
Some of the gardens need a good weeding already!
The tractors have arrived and after spraying round-up and tilling at the same time, now they are preparing to plant maize (field corn) in the fields that surround our house. It is very late going in and I am not even sure they will have time to plant our sweetcorn this year. The endless rain has made the tractor drivers frantic with worry.
I hope you have a lovely day.
PS. The Weather Report – wonderful weather for tomorrow.
Wednesday 05/31 10% / 0 in
Mainly sunny. High 73F. Winds WNW at 10 to 20 mph.
Wednesday Night 05/31 10% / 0 in
Clear. Low around 50F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph.