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Absolutely Digannio – I couldn’t agree more!

The arrangement I have with my Hog expert is that I relieve her of her overburdened numbers sometimes (she has a small house and over 50 cages between in and out doors) – her house is completely taken over with them and supplies and medications etc and she never refuses taking one in when people arrive on the doorstep – but she can only do this if she can outsource the ones that she considers are fixed and simply need to be fed and routinely cared for before release or return. Most are returned once she is able to hand them back for release – but we help release any excess also.
we have had a few that we believed fixed – but as you say – showed sudden illness – and then they go straight back to her and usually swapped with another healthy one, so she has room.
You are right – they are wild creatures at the end of the day – and they simply want and need to live a wild and free existence. Captivity must be unbearable and distressing for them and difficult to watch to be honest. the balance of fixing and caring for them versus freedom is always going to be difficult – but I have seen some wonderful outcomes for what would otherwise have been tragic outcomes, as a result for these creatures.