11 More Piglets in South Field
On a recent post about our big boar Spot LJB asked if I ever feel scared around such a big boar. Scared, no. Careful, wary, watchful – definitely yes. He’s big and I would rather not be stepped on, knocked down, etc. Likewise with the big sows and tractor, bulldozer, etc. Fortunately I’ve raised Spot, and others, since he was only 3 lbs so I’ve had time to get to know him and he knows me well. They kind of grow on you… :)
7 Golden Rules of Conduct:
- Don’t get between a big animal and a hard place.
- Watch your feet, beware of hooves, tusks and tails. Same holes for horns, fangs, etc with other species.
- Don’t try to break up a boar fight.
- Be wary around the boars when they’re after a lady in heat. It’s not polite, and rather dangerous, to interrupt sparking folk.
- Be very careful of a sow and her piglets. If piglets start screaming the sow, and other pigs, may rush to their defense. Even a sow that is normally very docile may get aggressive in this situation.
- Greet a pig fist out fingers curled down and in. This is like touching noses which is a proper, polite piggy hello.
- Most importantly, don’t mess around with pigs you don’t know. They can get aggressive, like any animal, if they feel threatened, especially by someone they don’t know.
These rules of conduct can be applied to many species.
As an interesting aside, the pigs perceive us as being far bigger than we actually are. They see us as a 2 dimensional silhouette and assume we have a proportional mass. To them height in particular, but also width, implies a corresponding length and thus total size. If you want to appear small to a pig, and many other animals, crouch down and you’re less threatening. Similarly, if you want to be very big and intimidating, stand up tall and spread your arms up and outward – this is called looming. It is very handy for moving animals around and backing them off if need be. I’m only 5’8″ but Spot thinks I’m about 4,000 lbs because he never realizes there’s not more of me behind the silhouette. He has a pig-centric mentality that says everybody is proportionally long as they are tall at the shoulder. Since I’m twice his ‘height’ he figures I’m far larger than I really am.
Outdoors: 67°F/50°F Sunny
Farm House: 78°F/66°F Excavation work completed yesterday
Tiny Cottage: 66°F/62°F