Rosy was the first of the pot-bellied pigs (we now have 5) to arrive at the sanctuary as just a tiny pig-let.
She was an unwanted prize at an event during one of the Canarian feast days. Now 10 years old (October 2018), she knows her name and will listen to commands, but pot-bellied pigs want to eat all the time and they will kill themselves overeating if you let them. Whenever they turn their backs, Rosy tries to pinch her enclosure-mate’s food and the goat is daft enough to let her. She does obey a command to leave it, until that is, the carers turn away again!! (Sponsor Rosy and her 4 friends)
Maximilliana (Max for short) is three years old (October 2018). He was living in a kitchen with 3 dogs, his owners won him at a fiesta and thought it would be OK to take him home He was small and cute and fitted nicely in a dog transport box. The owners eventually realised that living in a house was not going to work and contacted Live Arico PAWS and Max came to Sangha. He was then castrated as that stops aggressive behaviour and obvious frustration. He is a happy pig and loves to dance in the rain. When he is hosed with water he jigs around and loves the mud.
Atilla is an uncastrated male because at his age and weight it would be dangerous to castrate him. He is about 6 years old and was grossly overweight. He came with another pig that sadly died of heart failure due to its weight. Atilla is a lot slimmer now than he used to be. Pigs store everything they eat as fat and are not easy to care for so do not do well as pets.
Kady is aged 6 years and 6 months (October 2018), She also came from someone who realised she could not live in the house. She now lives in the same pen as Susie, Rayo, Dolly and Rosie. She has her own personal pen as thats what she likes although she is very sociable, laid back and friends with everyone.
Pablito is a male and approximately 5 years old (October 2018) He was left at a dog refuge and clearly could not stay there so came to Sangha. He too lives with the chickens and often they like to sit on him and scratch his back. He is very sweet and is happy to have friends visit especially if they have food. He currently has an injury on his back that is being treated but pig skin is notoriously slow to heal.
About the breed:
Pot-bellied pigs are a domestic breed of pig that came from Vietnam in 1985. They are much calmer and much smaller than a farm pig. A pot-bellied pig is usually full grown at three years of age and 50-175 pounds. Many pigs unfortunately weigh much more than this though due to poor diet, overfeeding and lack of exercise. Pigs are very glutinous animals and will eat until they vomit. Pot-bellied pigs are the smallest breed of pig. Some claim there are micro-mini or teacup pigs, but these are just pot-bellied pigs that are either not full grown yet, malnourished or inbred. These pigs will either expand significantly when full grown or live a very short life. Even if the outside of the pig stays small, its organs continue to grow to a normal size. Pot-bellied pigs are exceptionally clean and smart animals. They can be easily trained to use a litter box or to go to the bathroom outside. They can be trained to do many other things, such as to sit or come when called. Pigs love to be challenged and enjoy learning how to do new things.
What they eat: They consume both plants and animals. In the wild, they are foraging animals, primarily eating leaves, roots, fruits, and flowers, in addition to some insects and fish. As livestock, pigs are fed mostly corn and soybean meal with a mixture of vitamins and minerals added to the diet.