Two hog have been taken ready for release later this evening when it darkens up a bit, Sadie and Pikachu off back to to the wild where they belong. Big thanks to Lilly Anne Cullum and her husband for taking them for release into their own garden, as neither can go back to their original area.
Phoebie, the young hog with a chunk of skin missing is healing well, the edges of the wound are granulating and the skinned area is reasonably clean. Daily cleansing of the area and topical application of germicidal barrier ointment continues to help keep infection away.
Paddy, the hog with the hole in his abdomen and badly swollen leg has stabilised, and is eating and drinking well. His abdomen wound has been flushed again and packed with barrier ointment to help keep infection away. The infection in his leg remains, as does the associated swelling. Again, daily wound cleaning and topical application of barrier cream continues. He has finished his course of antibiotics now, so I hope they do their job.
Stan, the old hog that came in after being trapped in netting is doing well, and enjoying room service, poor old bugger was starving and is making the most of the free meals.
Of the 31 orphan hoglets still here, 17 are still being syringe fed, the remainder are all but weaned now, and are smashing their way through mashed up dog and cat food – half of which ends up all over the walls of their cages.
The mums and their litters are all doing fine, no dramas with any of them and they are all growing rapidly.
I only have concern for one hoglet, which is the one that came in from St Gabriel’s pre-school this morning – it has taken 2ml of formula under duress, and will not touch sloppy cat food with milk. I will be giving him subcutaneous fluids shortly to avoid dehydration. He remains in an incubator.
Sorry for the brevity, we are very busy still, and I’m trying to update as much as possible in one hit.