Edgworth farm sow gives birth to litter of micropigs
THESE adorable micro pigs were welcomed into the world last week — after their adopted sow gave birth to a litter of nine.
The Bolton News reported over summer that Celia Gaze, managing director of The Wellbeing Farm in Edgworth, adopted two fully grown micro pigs after their owners could not house them anymore — but it was not until weeks later they realised that the female pig, Pippin, was pregnant.
The sow gave birth to nine healthy piglets on Sunday, September 15, and the new mother is said to be doing well and enjoying her new role.
Micro pigs became all the rage thanks to celebrity owners such as Tom Daley — but the 9oz piglets can grow to as much as 65lbs and a foot tall, meaning that many families are forced to abandon them because they are too big to keep in a house.
The farm, which is situated high up on the West Pennine Moors between Bolton and Darwen, housed the pigs in July, adding to their collection of farmyard animals including goats, sheep and llamas.
Most of the newborns — which are small enough to fit into your hand — are yet to be named, but the runt of the litter, Lucky, got its name for a special reason.
Ms Gaze, aged 43, said: “They’re just gorgeous. I can see now why people do buy them because when you see them you fall in love with them. They’re so cute.
“She’s had two female and seven males. They’re all healthy and totally gorgeous.
“Pippin started labour last Sunday just before 10pm. I had been out and went to check on her.
“I heard a squeaking so we moved the hay bale and there was a tiny little runt piglet.
“I don’t think it would’ve survived if we hadn’t found it, that’s why we’re calling it Lucky.”
The pregnancy was a bit of a surprise for Ms Gaze and the farm, who adopted Pippin and Bilbo, the male pig, in July.
She said: “We got Pippin and Bilbo after a family couldn’t house them in their little terrace anymore because they got so big.
“Shortly after, we found out she was pregnant so it was a bit of a surprise — she must have been pregnant at the time we adopted them. She got huge towards the end.
“Bilbo hasn’t seen the piglets yet because they’ve been separated while the mother settles with her newborns.”
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