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Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) agents have had their hands full over the past two weeks caring for a group of abandoned pot-bellied pigs. The original three rescued adult animals have since grown in number to 11, after the female gave birth to eight piglets on Monday morning.
The three not-so-little pigs were originally discovered on June 30, living in a shed behind an unoccupied home in Navan. OHS agents made numerous attempts to determine the whereabouts of the owners of the animals, but were not successful. Staff then contacted a local veterinarian to check on the condition of the pigs, and made daily trips from the shelter on Champagne Avenue to rural Navan to feed and monitor the animals.
Arrangements were made to transport the pigs from the shed to larger accommodations on a local farm. The pigs were taken to their new temporary home in early July, and appeared to settle in well.
“Pigs aren’t something we typically deal with, and because we don’t have the facilities to house them on site, finding adequate space for three large animals of this size can be quite a challenge,” says OHS Inspector, Miriam Smith.
Each of the three pigs weighs between 80 to 120 lbs and they consume in excess of 30 lbs of food each week. Staff have nicknamed the animals Huff, Puff and Chinny Chin Chin in reference to the lines from the popular fairly tale that features three pig characters.
On Monday morning, much to the surprise of OHS staff and the animals’ caretaker, the lone female pig gave birth to eight healthy piglets. The new arrivals are in good health and eating well.
Now OHS agents are waiting until the piglets are old enough to safely move to a new home. Inspector Smith is working with colleagues at the SPCA in Cornwall to relocate all the pigs to a farm in that area.
The OHS does not receive government funding or funding from any animal welfare group to care for animals in our community. To make a donation to contribute to the care and re-homing of these pigs, please visit www.ottawahumane.ca or call 613-725-3166 ext. 252.
Chinny Chin Chin, the mother pig, and her eight piglets, born on July 13.
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