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Solutions to Singularity

Posted 6/3/2013 7:08am by Julie Hurst / Roy Brubaker.

Thursday, May 30

Posie, our bottle calf, has been moved to the barn on these hot days. There she has befriended the other misfit juvenile, a runty little piglet who was left after his brothers and sisters were sold as weanlings. The girls call him Carlos. No small creature likes solitude and Carlos was clearly distressed when his siblings disappeared. We decided it was best if we arranged the gates in barn so that he could get back with his mother and big aunts for company but escape to safety and goat milk if the mature sows got nasty.  Interestingly enough, they have been very tolerant. He certainly posed no threat to their arranged hierarachy and we frequently find him snuggled up against any one of the big mama sows. He has also become quite friendly with us, his milk providers. At the sound of the barn door sliding open, he pops up and begins a grunty dash towards us and the milk bucket. It you have the time to sit down on the ledge around the side of the pen he shares with Posie, Carlos will come and greet you, putting his dainty front feet on your leg and extending his snout towards your nose.  Riley claims he tried to suckle her nose and ears. It is very cute and endearing...for now; could be a frightening when he is 250 lbs.