Unopinionated Piglet

There is an old saying, “Opinions are like assholes, everyone’s got one.” Well, this piglet doesn’t. It is amazing it lived so long. The piglet is about four weeks old in the photo above. It has not been thriving. Gradually it has blown up like a balloon. Today it died. I have read about this type of congenital defect but never seen it before. Even Mother Nature makes mistakes.

When we did a necropsy we found that its stomach was empty as were the small intestines. The large intestines were bloated full with digested food and gas occupying most of the abdominal cavity. The bladder was also full but I think that was incidental as I think it must have been peeing to have lived for so long. Inspection of the piglet’s posterior end revealed no asshole, ergo, no opinion.

Update 20150701: I’ve had two out of thousands who were born with no asshole. It just goes to show that not everyone has an opinion. They both died. Death in both cases was post weaning because while on mother’s milk the digestion was very efficient, not much to poop out. But once they were on pasture there was more fiber, it backed up, became obvious from the swollen belly and that was it. I haven’t seen this in years. It’s pretty rare. A congenital defect.

Another thing that can cause this is intestinal blockage which can be from an object of from intestinal torsion. Where the blockage is determines how the pig will look and how fast they’ll die. High and they stop eating but end up with a thin belly. Low and they eat but bloat and eventually stop eating and lose condition looking like the pig in the picture. Mid and they eat, bloat and lose condition faster as they’re not getting any food value.

Outdoors: 35°F/24°F 0″ Snow over a period of several hours – didn’t stick
Farm House: 56°F/45°F
Tiny Cottage: 65°F/50°F

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10 Responses to Asshole

  1. Visitor55 says:

    It’s too bad some of the politicians down in Washington don’t have that problem.
    But wait…. they’re full of gas and hot air. And s— too.

    Ya think!!

  2. Mike says:

    So funny, yet not funny all at the same time.

  3. Amused by the “asshole” post following the “moon shot”


  4. karl says:

    sorry, that is sad.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Walter, would it have been possible for you to “give” it one with a knife? Just curious.


  6. Charlie, we wondered the same thing. Unfortunately in addition to not having an anus there was no sphincter ring muscle so once open it would be a permanent opening directly into the rectum with no control so the piglet would have not been able to fluid recovery in the large intestine. This would have led to dehydration like from dysentery according to what I’ve read. The opening would also likely close again according to this page . On the other hand, this page talks of a pig that did get take care of who had no anus but you’ll note that it is a pet and must get special care and a special diet.

    Additionally, we only discovered all of this post mortem so it was a bit late. The progression of the inflation of the piglet had been so gradual that we hadn’t realized anything was wrong for a long time. Our first diagnosis while it was still alive was intestinal parasites, worms, which can cause bloating. While we rarely see worms they are far more common than a blind rectum.

    It’s the first one we’ve seen in over a thousand pigs so hopefully it will be a long time until the next.

  7. Brian says:

    Damn it someone stole my IdeaI thought the little fella or gal would have made a great politcian, Full of crap and unable to find his ass with two feet>

  8. pablo says:

    I actually knew a person who had this condition. Actually, that was more than 30 years ago, and he was just a baby at the time. I think the prognosis was hopeful at the time though a lot of surgery was required. I’ve often wondered what became of him.

  9. Annie says:

    Thank you for sharing all your stories. While this is indeed sad hearing it makes me appreciate all the more what farmers do. I like it that you are able to show both a serious and a humorous side to things. Sometimes life is hard and if we cant laugh at the bad stuff we wont make it through with our sanity.

  10. Poor pig. Was there no way of knowing before he did and could it have been prevented? Death that is.

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