Sibling loss

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Sibling loss

Post by jennya » Thu Feb 15, 2018 5:13 pm

Hi everyone,

Earlier this week the sister of my 7yr old sibling pair passed away very quickly and without any warning. Her brother was with her when she went and we left them together afterwards for a few hours so he could be with her. I have spoken to the vet about grieving and loss in pigs so I know what to look for but so far he seems fine. He is his normal self and seems quite happy. He does call for her to chat but I think he just needs to get used to not hearing her reply :(

It is to early to know if I should get another pig as company for him or even if he wants this. I'm also aware it can be difficult to introduce a new pig into his existing space. I do spend as much time as possible with him and ensure he has mental stimulation but I dont want to be out there more than he needs as he needs his own space and time alone to process what has happened and get used to the new situation. He is on our land and can hear us when we go outside but cannot see us unless he comes out the house.

I was wondering if there was something else I could do or if anyone had any advice on how to keep him company/mentally stimulated until the next few weeks are over and a decision is made? I was thinking of getting him a radio so he could hear chatting and music and leaving that on a few hours a day when I'm not out there?

Any ideas or advice would be very welcome.



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Re: Sibling loss

Post by Victoris » Tue Mar 06, 2018 8:44 pm

Hi Jenny I am so very sorry to hear of your loss and I know kunekune are better with company I have a lovely temperament female pedigree kunekune I am desperate to find a good home for she is well socialised with all types of animals she too needs company I know it's early days for you but if you are interested in saving Dilys please ring for more details on 07841399731
Best wishes Victoria
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Re: Sibling loss

Post by » Mon Jun 24, 2019 12:51 pm

Hi Jenny,

I saw this thread on the forum and wondered how you have been getting on with your pig. We have just had a similar situation with one sibling of our pair pf sisters dying rather suddenly. It seems that the remaining sister is coping reasonably well and has not lost appetite and generally seems 'normal'.

We have been thinking about getting a friend for her, but are concerned that this may prove difficult for the existing pig - we have heard that acceptance of a new-comer is not necessarily easy...

Could you let me know your experience with your situation as we are in a dilemma!

Many thanks


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