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About the gut evacuation…A couple of years ago when the hogs had started to emerge from hibernation we found a large pool of clear slime on the grass several inches across – never seen the like before or since. The weather had done its usual trick, several days of warm temperatures to get the hogs out of bed and then a sudden icy blast from the north with flurries of snow. One poor hog was sat at the side of a plant pot in the snow looking totally bemused and unresponsive, and in spite of my presence refused to run off or curl into a ball. Fearing that the slime was as a result of poisoning, I whisked him off to the local carer to get him checked over. As it turned out he was fine, probably just a bit dazed by the extreme weather conditions after just waking up. Could the slime have come from the hog, or maybe a mutant slug or snail…?
Back to the missing hogs, we were down to just two hogs and with one at a carer being treated for lungworm, we are now down to zero. 🙁 Looking back at the trail cam footage from 2016, we still had at least 5 hogs visiting in late November including adults and juveniles.