It takes all kinds

18 Sep

Meet Maeve…


She leaned up against me today, cat style. I had to grab for support. She almost toppled me! She was being affectionate. She loves a tickle behind the ears. She knows me.

I had finished my working day and was going back to harvest a leek or two to go with dinner. Close to the pigs, one of the moms stopped to chat. I was pointing out the pigs and was about to suggest she goes around the side to see them better when I saw an odd-coloured pig. I looked more carefully. There were children in the pig pen!

I raced up the side yelling to the mom to get her kids out of the pig pen. Two moms, actually. They’d let their little ones, no older than 5, I’d say, climb over the wood and diamond-mesh fence into the pens. About a foot or so away from the fence is the electric fence – two lengths of electrified white ‘ribbon’. So, apart from the fact that the kids could have been belted by the fence, there was the pigs themselves…

Maeve is friendly, but stroppy. Sophie is more laid back, but she has her 8 piglets in there and isn’t very tolerant of strangers. One day I went into the pen dressed differently (I didn’t have work clothes on) and she charged. Luckily, she realised who it was as she came closer. We’re talking serious pig tonnage here! Ever see a bull charge? Same thing, except on a set of very short, very powerful legs. The piglets are no longer tiny. They tend to run, en masse, to see what new food is heading their way.

What on earth was going through the minds of the two moms that they’d let their little girls in polka-dot skirts and tights climb the fence into the pig pen??? The mind boggles! We’re talking here about two hefty adult pigs plus 8 hefty porkers, a vast amount of mud and an electric fence. After yelling to get the kids out, I pointed out that the fence was there for a reason… to keep pigs and kids separate!

Still… what the heck? Really? I wonder if it’s the same mentality that gets kids injured at zoos and the poor animals get blamed.

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6 responses to “It takes all kinds

  1. anxiouselephant

    September 18, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    I like pigs. I would like to have pigs and llamas/alpacas when I’m older, if I ever have enough land for them. :) And I can’t believe the mums were so careless! It’s luck the kids didn’t get hurt, or upset the pigs!

    • tintalasia

      September 18, 2012 at 8:16 pm

      I think they were just being thoughtless. It was one of those head-shaking moments.

      Pigs are incredible animals to keep. They’re clean in their habits (beyond loving to play and lie in the mud) and are highly intelligent. Alpacas are very sweet and amusing to watch, but they’re more shy than pigs.

  2. Jenny Eatwell

    September 19, 2012 at 5:42 am

    Oh my goodness! How stupid can people be? Quite apart from the damage a pig can inflict upon a person and the issue of not upsetting the pigs, there’s the issue of these being someone else’s property that you just don’t take liberties with! It’s not as though they’re part of a petting zoo! Seems to me to be symptomatic of people’s alienation from the natural world these days. At one time everyone would have known to stay out of teeth’s reach of a pig. These days, it seems that the majority have no idea about the animal and no respect for property.

    • tintalasia

      September 19, 2012 at 2:03 pm

      I hadn’t thought of it like that, Jenny. My thought was just…. actually, my mind was blank. I just couldn’t believe it. It’s not often I’m dumbstruck ;)

  3. missriete

    September 19, 2012 at 10:06 am

    I am seriously in love with one of the pigs in our children’s farm in the park. She is massive and so cute! But there too it’s forbidden for kids to enter the pen. Of course!
    However, some parents are like five year olds … the blank stare you get when you tell them it’s dangerous for their kids to play in the pen doesn’t bode well for the future of said kids. Sigh ….

    • tintalasia

      September 19, 2012 at 2:11 pm

      I didn’t get a blank stare, so much as a giggle and a “So sorry”. Yeah right… your “So sorry” may well have gotten your child into a nasty situation. *sigh* Perhaps she should have apologised to the kids for not being responsible?

      Pigs are easy to love :)


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