Salt the pig arrived at Goodheart Farm Animal Sanctuary at the start of summer 2019.
Along with pals Peppa and Denzel, she’d been rescued by the RSPCA following a neglect case. The trio had been living in pitiful conditions and – as Salt and Peppa (both females) had been left to live with Denzel (an uncastrated male) – we suspected both females may be pregnant.
Upon arrival, Denzel was immediately separated from Salt and Peppa. Following veterinary advice, both females were also given an injection to discard any existing pregnancies. Once Denzel was castrated, the trio were reunited and lived happily together in one of the sanctuary’s pig paddocks.
Only around a week before she gave birth did Salt show any signs of being pregnant. As a young and underweight pig, she’d hidden her pregnancy well. Whilst the injection Salt received to prevent pregnancy is generally reliable, it isn’t 100% effective. And in Salt’s case, nature simply took its course…
Shortly after, Salt gave birth to 13 piglets in a warm, cosy barn. Sadly, she lost three early on, but both mum and the remaining 10 were delivered without any problems.