A MOVING MINERAL BLOCK

YESTERDAY I moved the calves slowly through the corridor paddock and into Pat’s Paddock. I just opened gates and let them wander at their own pace as the little pigs Tima, Tane and WaiWai live in the corridor paddock and I did not want any clashes – calves have sharp hooves. There were no clashes, both sets of animals pretty much ignored each other. Until I came back around a corner after working on a fence to find one of the calves, the bigger Bobby, licking Wai’s back. Vigorously. Wai was stood perfectly still accepting this grooming like a little fat king on four short bandy legs. This kind of homage was his due evidently.

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It must be the zinc I put on Wai’s pink new skin areas. I still apply it every few days to help the hide grow stronger and keep off the sun. Maybe the calf is short of zinc. Maybe he thought WaiWai was a mineral block. His own personal walking mineral block.

Though I have never known a pig who lets a cow kick him all over. Wai is a most unusual wee piggy.

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As usual Wai went to bed early. Feeling clean and relaxed I am sure.

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I will reapply his cream today.

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I hope you have a lovely day.

Love celi

WEATHER: Cooler and overcast – good gardening weather.

Friday 05/11 20% / 0 in
Mainly cloudy. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 77F. Winds ESE at 10 to 20 mph.

Friday Night 05/11 20% / 0 in
Mostly cloudy skies this evening will become partly cloudy after midnight. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. Low 51F. E winds shifting to WSW at 10 to 20 mph.

Sun
5:39 AM 7:59 PM

Moon

Waning Crescent, 19% visible 3:50 AM 3:49 PM

28 Comments on “A MOVING MINERAL BLOCK

  1. I’m glad you saw Bobby licking Wai, a most unusual animal interaction. I’m sure it did feel good to the little fellow & that’s why he stood still for it. He is used to your hand touching his tender spots. And Bobby liked the zinc taste & maybe even needed it. What an interesting observation for you (& us). And wonderful.

  2. That warmed my heart in these early morning hours. The sandpaper tongue must have felt wonderful. Mr. Flowers seems to be everywhere these days. Have a fantabulous Friday.

  3. What an amazing thing. Wai’s life continues to include interesting surprises.

  4. Just love the pic of the full scale barn, with the birds and all the nooks and crannies and work areas! So much space!

  5. amazing machine with the peacock/chicken shot. is that for putting hay bales up high?

  6. Hold on there! My guy Wai is not wee. Not sideways anyway. Call him a block, but he’s no blockhead. He’s tough, a fighter, but he knows when he’s licked.

  7. It did make me giggle when you said wai, wai was just standing there being licked…bless him. He looks such a happy piggie, with a wonderful home and friends too. Mr flowers looks stunning too..have a great weekend x

  8. Albert, you’re too funny! …especially that last line!! chuckle! Loved the pictures, Ceci!

  9. I think all your animals are unusual but Wai is just that bit special.Not your ordinary pig,but then not many pigs have the poor start that Wai did.He has super succeeded with your necessary help. All in all a good start to the day. Xxxx

  10. I get Wai standing still for his massage/exfoliation treatment, but yuck, that zinc cream had to taste pretty grim…

  11. Isn’t it surprising WaiWai allowed the calf near him! I thought only T and T plus Ton and you were allowed. It’s lovely he was willing to be treated.

  12. When I read the title, I thought ‘oh, interesting, John’s found another old machine in someone’s barn’ 🙂 A nice companionable time for Wai and the Bobby.

  13. I bet Wai loved having all the itchy places scratched well by that Bobby tongue. It also stimplated his blood flow to his skin will will help the healing and toughening. It’s amazing he allowed it and that the Bobby even tried. We just can’t assume we know what creatures will do. Magnificent tail on Mr. Flowers.

  14. Might it also be that this Bobby has the “healing gene”? All that saliva and massage will most definitely help the healing continue into its next phase: ). You have such lovely animals, Celi!

  15. Normally I look upon your photos with pleasure, but my allergies are acting up. It all looks quite allergenic !

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