Co-Parenting

Pigs are herd animals.  They all have individual personalities, clear likes and dislikes.  Yet they do not like to be alone.  They will talk to each other, fight with each other even bicker for the favored sleeping position in the hut.  They co-sleep and co-parent.

Once piglets are off and running at, ummm birth a few days old, they start to meander on over to wherever there is a good meal.  The sows don’t seem to mind and even welcome the respite.

The other day I caught this comical dance.

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This mom had all the babies, from 3 litters, sleeping with her and nursing.  I think she felt a little ‘overstimulated’ and decided that was enough.

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Some followed, and some decided there was a better gig over at the other sow who had been lounging unmolested for quite some time.

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One lone little guy decided pickings might be easier over at the pen that houses the matriarch, Ham.

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The first mom decided she didn’t want to go it alone and sauntered on over to her gal pal and laid right on down.

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Wait!…. Get… Out… of.. the …. WAY!

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Unfazed, the bebes went right on about their business.

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Okay, Okay enough is enough!

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Yeah… we were done anyway.

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They never stop cracking me up!

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