New Forest pigs and piglets provide a laugh a minute, if like me you are able to share your life with them and their daily antics.
Forest pig relaxing - they are stress-free!
I am lucky enough to live very close to New Forest pigs and piglets in the New Forest National Park.
If you visit around October you should be lucky enough to spot
pigs in the open New Forest. They will have been put out
on the Commoners Right of Mast. Here's what this means
The Verderers announce the start of pannage when the acorns begin to fall in autumn. Pigs eat green acorns and beech nuts, which would otherwise be poisonous to ponies. Pannage dates are extended for 2013, now up to 15 December, due to the dangerously high level of acorns out in the New Forest this year. They are poisonous to the ponies and can easily cause a painful death.
Look at my latest New Forest piglet video.
They eat the green acorns before the ponies can get to them, and so prevent the ponies getting the extremely painful, and potentially lethal condition called "colic".
The pigs and piglets will snuffle up as many as they can, and believe me, a full grown pig is a bit like a suction machine - everything goes!
Warning: never touch any New Forest animal unless you have the owners permission, for your own safety please.
We have a couple of pigs who pass by each day. We have called them Grandma and Mama - very soppy and sentimental but who cares?
The black and pink pig "Grandma" really is lovely - yes pigs can be described as lovely. She will communicate through a series of meaningful grunts and likes to have her ears tickled.
She is very clean, contrary to myth that pigs are dirty animals, and only occasionally gives off a heady aroma of warm pig! When she had her first brood of piglets she had 8. Six survived and we had hours of fun as they grew up around us.
They would greet us and play with our trainer laces.
One day my son was tickling a piglets belly and, like a puppy he put his little trotter in the air for a bigger tickle, unfortunately he was on a slope and slipped down the hill!
Pigs do get run over on the New Forest roads. Like all animal accidents they are very upsetting! My animal road deaths and accidents page gives you some helpful safety tips to keep the animals and yourselves safe on our New Forest roads.
If the pigs are out there are piglets about too - so this is doubly bad news for a forest animal.
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I hope you have luck seeing some Forest pigs and piglets if you
decide to have a well earned holiday break or weekend away in
the beautiful New Forest National Park.
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Forest pig and sheep sharing their space