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Conditions (may be in the wrong area??) Found abandoned pig - now what?

brupoppiggies

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Someone abandoned a fairly young (tiny nails/feet, small stature & small poos) female in the natural area next to my church. We had been seeing what we thought was a rabbit in the distance for a couple weeks, but she became brave and came out to the church garden Saturday so we were able to determine she was a piggie and not a bun. She darted back into the bushes when we approached but I was able to lure her out with some fresh fruit and catch her. She is currently in the hospital cage in the back bedroom far away from my herd of males.

She is slightly underweight (expected) but skin and fur seems to be in top condition (I did treat her with ivermectin after I cleaned her up - just in case - since she had been outside for an extended period of time) she is eating/drinking/pooing normally - no diarrhea, no worms etc . No crusting in eyes, nose or ears. She's smaller than my 3 year old males, but not nearly as small as when they were babies - I'd guess her age at around 9 months to a year based on the way the boys grew.

I have a vet appointment for her on the 1st (soonest they could get her in as she doesn't seem to be in need of emergency care).

The weather here has not been the best, we had a very wet/cold spring so honestly I am surprised she doesn't have symptoms of a URI.

She is decidedly pear shaped when laying down, though her belly is not firm to the touch.

Over the next 2 weeks is there anything special I should be keeping an eye out for that would signal the need for an emergency appointment? Aside from what I look for with the boys?

We plan to keep her on pregnancy watch for about 70 days (I know the average is usually 60 something days but read they can be as long as 73) before finding her a forever home just to be safe.


Not the best picture, you can't see her cute little face or her pear shape, but she's a little doll.
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Rywen

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She is adorable, thanks for taking her in! I do hope she's not pregnant. Have you thought of a name for her? My Mom found a piggie in the woods when I was a kid (so 30 years ago, lol) and we named her Moses the Wandering Pig.
 

brupoppiggies

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We have been calling her Filbert. The natural area she was in has a lot of hazel nut (filbert) trees.
 

BFGuru

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Could she be a pet that got loose as opposed to abandonment? Could someone be looking for her? I'm wondering if you put an ad up regarding finding her if someone would say she is theirs. I've read so many stories of distraught cavie owners that lost grip on their guinea pig outdoors and they bolted.
 
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