Because Wai The Armadillo Pig is not allowed outside in the sunshine during the day, I have opened up the barn corridors so he can roam about in there. Generally he does not want to go anywhere and I have to get out a big board and herd him out for a walk. Exercise is a very important part of his recovery.
He has becomes accustomed to the noisy wild children screeching and loudly playing next door…
But he does not engage.
A little of the hard cover on his body loosened yesterday after three sprayings with the veterycin and three rubbings down with Bag Balm. (Pawpaw ointment on the way thanks to Kate). But we really need this hard stuff around his rear to start cracking – he has trouble walking and crouching, as you can imagine. He also ate some fruit and a half cup of oats. Great strides ahead.
He actually stood quite still for me for the longest time as I carved at him with my sewing scissors (sorry Allison) yesterday afternoon and removed the curled up skin from his back. I was pretty impressed actually, I don’t know of any other pig who would stand still for that treatment – mind you he does feel pretty rotton and is still weak. I was even able to remove some of the casing around his eyes and ears, which terrified me in case he moved and I stabbed him in the eye or something, which would be just his luck but he was good and it must have been a pleasant feeling to feel the dead skin that sits like a medieval helmet releasing around his face.
Last night when I went to check him he was sleeping in a corner of the field – I quietly called the dogs and retreated so as not to disturb him – much better for him to sleep out there in the night with that soothing cool dew, after being cooped up inside all day.
Rosy and I worked in the gardens and made bread and made labneh and made butter in and around all this other business. Lots of busyness.
I hope you have a lovely day.
Weather Report: A scattering of the usual afternoon thunderstorms – downpours likely the moment we go out to do chores.
Thursday 06/22 40% / 0.04 in
Partly cloudy early. Scattered thunderstorms developing in the afternoon. High around 90F. Winds SSW at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 40%.
Thursday Night 06/22 80% / 0.07 in
Partly cloudy during the evening with thunderstorms becoming likely overnight. Low 72F. Winds SSW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 80%