Our first Blog is a sad one, it is “Tucky’s” story. Not all have a happy ending but we try are best to make life as pleasant and varied as possible for the unfortunate Hogs that cannot be returned to the wild.
On 20th July we moved her to her own hutch and she ate well each night.
On 28th July we started a worming regime (Levacide, Bisolvon and Marbocyl) and she ate well for first part of treatment, now 366gm.
However, we noticed that her spines were white from root to tip.
On 23rd August at 620gm we put into a walled garden with a hyperactive male.
Tucky didn’t cope well, lost weight steadily to 451gm and would not nest. She just lay on top of any bedding or leaves.
We noticed that her spines were changing colour to a more gold body with a dark tip as opposed to a dark body and white tip.
She was later brought back to us and she built up weight to 580gm and then released in to a garden which has wild and released.
However Tucky did not respond to the presence of other hogs and just lay by the feeding bowls, without any other activity.
Again she came back to us on on the 9th -11th given a course of Dexadreson @1ml/kg,
Our vet check showed no wounds, fleas or ticks, her weight was reasonable, she was not obviously pregnant and her faeces looked normal.
We were concerned about this change of colour as in the photos, and a lack of any activity apart from the aggressive huffing and attempt to spike when touched. She also developed a habit where she huffed and bounced backwards as she did it, with her head down as if retreating from something.
Although inactive during day time, she managed to make a mess of her hutch base which became wet and damp and dirty during the night.
She then ate all the food put out for her within her hutch area but stayed by her food and didn’t return to the nest area. Weight up to 746gm on 2nd Nov.
15th January 2015: (Weight 1017gm) She was taken to Christina Sherman in Harbury to over winter and receive Complimentary Treatments.
2nd March 2015, she returned to us due to concerns about behaviour, sitting inactive for 3 days??
We built her weight up and kept her in one of our outside pens until a permanent large pen could be built for her by Christina.
Released into her new home in May 2015 but had to come back to us for a week so we could treat an ear infection she developed.
Returned to her permanent home 2nd June and she seemed to be quite happy there, as she has a varied environment to wander around in while not being bothered by other animals.
She escaped from her pen (under the gate we think), two days later she was back waiting by the gate to get back in.
Given a further worming treatment (by Christina to avoid disturbing her to much) as she was not putting weight on but eating everything. The treatment was obviously not totally effective.
She did not respond to a steroid treatment, so after a couple of visits to the vet it was decided that she should be put to sleep to avoid any further suffering.
We had Tucky for 19 months on and off, she obviously had a problem from birth, abandoned by her mother, we suspect some internal organ failure which stopped her from getting all the nourishment from her food which caused her rapid decline in the final 2 weeks.
Written by Brian Scott edited and big words added by Bill Bates
Will tell you “Quintons” story at a future date when she awakes from hibernation.