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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Lost Wilbur

I like happy posts, fun posts, inspiring posts.
But life on a farm is not always happy, fun, or inspiring.
Somedays, life on a farm is hard. 

Yesterday was one of those days.
During the afternoon feeding, we discovered one of Jonah's pigs was injured.  He was laying down unable to get up.  Off to the vet we took him. But apparently once a pig is "down" it won't ever get back up. 

It was the little one that we callled Wilbur.  Although he was from the same litter as the others, he has always been smaller.  I suspect that he ended up on the bottom of the pig pile or they were playing too rough.   There was just no way to save him.

Wilbur was a feeder hog not a pet.  But the investment of time and money in animals, even those that will end up as meat, makes this a considerable loss for Jonah.
Plus, we all liked the little guy.

16 comments:

  1. Poor little Wilbur. As a vegan I do not raise animals for food on our farm, but I know that many people do and that the investment and dedication to keeping your animals healthy and happy is great.

    Have a nice day,
    Sue

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  2. That's the hardest part about farming. I never get used to losing animals. I care so much about all of them.

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  3. Farm kids always get the circle-of-life picture better than city kids. Sorry for the loss :(

    Blessings!
    Gail

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  4. So sorry for your loss! He was a cutie and yes, I never like that part of having loving animals!

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  5. Oh, no, very unexpected, but very hard. So sorry!

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  6. Sorry for your loss Kim. That's tough - no matter what the future purpose of the animal.

    Lots of hugs and explanations about life, love and loss will be shared, I'm sure.

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  7. Oh, I'm sorry about this :(

    That's life with animals, I guess, but it's still hard when it happens.

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  8. Oh, how sad. But, as others have said, this is part of farm life. It isn't always pretty and nice.
    But, what's really neat is you have chronicled his life, short as it may have been!
    Bless you and your family!

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  9. Dang, I never liked Charlotte's Web for the same reason... somebody dies in the end. Sorry about the pig. I lived on a ranch and know how sad it can be, feeder animal or not.

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  10. Kim, So sorry to hear of the loss. The interesting thing about farm families is that even if an animal is to be a feeder animal, it still hurts us when we loose one. Wilbur looked as though his time on your farm was a good one. Hope the boys are doing okay.

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  11. Sorry to hear of your bad news. Wilbur was a teacher. Rest easy, Wilbur.

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  12. So sorry to hear about Wilbur. That is the part about living on a farm that I dread too.

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  13. Sorry about Wilbur. Even the animals destined for the freezer hold a special place in our hearts :)

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  14. yes. It is hard. But what a WONDERFUL life he had compared to most "feeder" pigs.

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