A Day in the Life of a Zookeeper

A Day in the Life of a Zookeeper
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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Winston and Emma Go For a Walk

We hit a milestone today with the piglet - his first trip out and about in his harness.  We might have pushed the envelope a bit here - gone a bit before he was ready - but I think he had fun....

Getting him in the car is tough - he has to be lifted and he does hate being picked up.  Unfortunately he is a bit afraid of the car so he tends to do what pigs do when they are afraid which is poo.  I was prepared - rugs across the back seat floor and a roll of paper towels.  We were no worse for the wear - although - he did make 3 deposits - so we had multiple cleanup.

All in all it went better than I thought - we went to a neighboring town with a large open park which had no one there because it was rainy and cool.  Once he quit pulling backwards trying to get out of the harness he got the hang of walking and going with us - he followed Emma so I had her we went first.  Then the hubs and the pig followed.

We took lots of cookies for bribing him to go where we wanted.  On the way home he did great in the car - either he was more comfy or his back end was empty - or both...  :)

Once we were home Winston got a 'sponge bath' - a warm towel to wipe him down and clean the mud off his face and hooves.  Emma got a shower and a new clean scarf.  They are both sacked out napping - exhausted from their adventure!

Here are a few pics:

Mud and splashing is fun!

Rooting around like a pig should do...

I think I get it now - walks are fun!

A pig, a dad and a dog...

Muddy nose

First walk under our belts....

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