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