(Sus scrofa domesticus)
Bonny joined us in 2012 when she was just a tiny piglet. She was abandoned after apparently being found in a trailer. We suspect like many pigs that she had been bought as a pet "micro" pig, but there would be nothing micro about this Large White (with sows such as Bonny reaching up 300kg).
Bonny wasn't even weaned when she was left here and needed round-the-clock bottle feeding and a lot of extra love and attention from us. As she was taken from her mother and siblings too early, in some cases we had to show her how to be a pig, and spent our first summer with her having to paint her with wet mud and even bathe ourselves in it to show her what to do, but she got there and has grown into the beautiful pig (well we think so) that she is.
She loves to sunbathe, belly rubs, and lots of treats!
Harry joined us in 2017 with his girlfriend, Hermione. They had been bought to turn over the fields at a stable yard and did an excellent job, but came to the sanctuary when a new home was needed for them.
Harry is a Kunekune Pig - pronounced "Cooney Cooney", which means fat and round in Maori (we won't tell him that). Unlike many other pigs, Kunekune pigs can live on mainly grass and a grazers, while most pigs are known as "rooters" as they root through the ground with their strong noses to find food.
Harry has had a few health problems, including a major operation thanks to the amazing vets at Meadows Farm and Nottingham University, but he is feeling much better now!
Hermione came to us with Harry, and although they have the odd tiff (usually because Harry is being greedy), they are inseparable; especially at bedtime when they love to snuggle up together.
Hermione is friendly but can be a little nervous at times, although she does like to odd bum scratch!
Despite her little legs, she is quite agile and can both climb and run very fast. We have to rotate their paddocks, as they make them quite muddy and this gives the grass a chance to grow back - she usually outruns us when we race her to the new one, with Harry not far behind!
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A Certificate of Adoption
2 A4 Pig Photos
Pig Fact Sheets
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A Pig Keyring
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