The ravens ate all but one of Clara's last litter of piglets. This litter was born under a blanket of hay which she pulled out of the big bales to make a bed for herself and her babes. When I looked for her, I only noticed a pile of fresh hay where there was none before, then saw that the hay was jiggling. Carefuilly uncovering a little, I picked up a still damp newborn baby potbelly piglet. Clara was busy birthing and was not paying attention to me. The piglet is so tiny and adorable. It yawned and I put it back carefully.
Later when I checked Clara and took the video, she was uncovered and her bed was larger. She had pulled a lot of hay and made a trough with her body to contain the piglets. I sure hope the owl or the ravens do not find her there. She is not in a shelter, but just out behind the old pig barn against a large round bale. She was quite protective of the little ones and very careful when she plunked her big self down, so as not to squash a baby. She is a good mamma piggie.
The piglets need 6 weeks to nurse from their mother before they can be separated. Hopefully they will all find good homes wiith loving families. Would you like a potbelly piglet?