Before I even fed him yesterday Wai had decided he was moving house. For the last few days I had opened the gate between him and Tima and Tane the Kune Kune couple and the kune kune had come across chatting and complaining but Wai had decided he had no time for that kind of pig and was leaving the barn to find other more comfortable and secluded quarters.
The work on his new house was far advanced by the time I realised what he was up to.
My first clue was seeing him trudge across the field with a mouthful of long weeds: just like a sow building a nest I thought then realised he was preparing himself a nice big dry bed in the old hut. He had chosen an old tin hut that no one but roosters had used for years.
I brought him flakes of straw and he grabbed each one jamming them into the Nor’West corner where the wind was coming from. Once he ran out of the straw I had carried in, he made several trips back to the barn himself and actually began to steal the straw bed from below Tima herself. Squeaking the whole time. He has a very high pitched determined squeal when he is up to no good.
TonTon tried to go in and see what was going on but the little pig shrieked at him in fury and Ton took off.
Later in the afternoon after a full day of building he crept into his bed, wriggled under the straw and went to sleep. Did you notice how his bottom is a bit crooked – his tail no longer in the middle. A result of his injuries.
I bought a full bale of straw from the barn and closed off one side of the hut so his straw did not drift back out into the field – keeping his mattress intact. I was not thanked – rather I was told to Bugger Off. He has never been a particularly friendly pig. Honest, he calls it.
Tima did not come close to the new condo in the back of the corridor paddock. She speaks pig and knows better.
Perspectve is everything.
WaiWai does not like other pigs and is not fond of humans either. And he has made up his mind to move out. My next task is to insulate his house somehow. It has holes in it and is not even rainproof. I wonder if he will stay out here when the real winter cold hits. We will no doubt find out soon.
Sleep well little grouchy friend.
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