This page was last updated on: June 30, 2012
When the last few families of Loch Lomond Pigs were finally moved out into their paddock areas, two of the boys had to stay behind as they were not castrated.
A third little boy Pig did move out with his Mum & siblings, but there was no risk of pregnancy yet as he was just soooo tiny compared to the others & we knew it wouldn't be long before he was "seen to"
The vet came today to carry out the procedure & the operation on the 1st two boys mentioned (Tickles & Giggles) went smoothly - these two were now a little too big in fact to do with just a local, so the vet did knock them out (almost) with an little bit of general anasethetic first.
Their operation went smoothly & below you can see them having "come round" & resting in some clean shavings !
Clearly, they will be a little sore for a few days, but soon they can be re-united with Mum & go out into a paddock for the first time !
The third little Pig who is called Pickles, had already moved out to a paddock with his Mum & his 7 brothers & sisters. We had to catch him this morning & his Mum was very upset and tried to stop us taking him. Mother Pigs can be very dangerous when protecting their babies. Pickles was very frightened too.
Having brought him to a stable, the vet had a look & then told us that unfortunately he was not able to operate. The reason is that poor Pickles only has a single testicle which means that the other one is still up inside his body somewhere.
This is a disaster as it means that we either leave Pickles to be a boar & live alone - which means yet another area & house is needed & he will not see his family again - or we send him to the Royal Vet College who will do the required operation to locate & remove the trapped testicle.
The vet said that leaving it where it is means that there is a chance it will become cancerous & so given that & also having witnessed the upset caused to his Mum taking him away & the fact that he is so upset at having been taken away, we are giving some serious thought to sending him for the operation.
The downside is of course that the cost is going to be £500 & so given where we are with the feed bill situation - see here - we need to launch an appeal to help Pickles out of the Pickle he is in !
Pickles is in a Pickle!
Here he is in his stable - he is quite frightened & looking worried !
Please help us to raise the funds we need to get him sorted & then he can go back to live with his Mum & brothers & sisters
If you can help with a PayPal donation - this button is specially set up & referenced for "Pickles"
Or if you prefer to send a cheque, please make it payable to Tower Hill Stables Animal Sanctuary & post it to Tower Hill Stables Animal Sanctuary, Asheldham, Essex, CM0 7DZ
Raised So Far: £450 @ 15/10/09