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millimat Fri 24-Jul-15 16:51:25

m.youtube.com/watch?v=5kWyw7kJkoE

This is one of the funniest things I've seen in ages, but is it cruel or are they enjoying it?

Methe Fri 24-Jul-15 16:55:59

One of my pigs has a prolapsed penis following him being neutered by the RSPCA before I had him (normally they are retracted unless they are in use) because of this he gets himself in rather a sorry state and has to be bathed frequently. He always seems to quite enjoy it! I've put him in the bath, a bucket and a paddling pool and although I've never put him in water so deep he couldn't touch the bottom I've seen him swim a few times.

It's quite easy to tell if a pig is scared and the ones in the clip don't look, or sound scared to me.

70isaLimitNotaTarget Fri 24-Jul-15 18:00:38

Years ago , one of our 'homebred' piggies was a keen swimmer. She went up'n'down the bath, we always put a folded towel 'island' at the shallow end for her to rest if she wanted . But she swam for Britain.

WyrdByrd Fri 24-Jul-15 23:26:38

Ours are due a bath & am sorely tempted to run it a little deeper than usual & see what happens.

Wouldn't dare do it in a pool that size though - we'd never catch them!

70isaLimitNotaTarget Fri 24-Jul-15 23:37:53

Maybe give them their bath then refill the bath with clean warm water (just in case they get water in their eyes, clean water is better than soapy) but don't let them hear the water running if it's loud.
Then if they're relaxed let them try.

Our boars sat at either end of the bath with that 'look' that we knew they were considering jumping .
(Careful with the plug chain in case the tangle)

You might end up with Olympic Standard Swimmers?
Or not wink

WyrdByrd Fri 24-Jul-15 23:43:34

I think Bella might have a go - she's always been fairly laid back, if a bit judgy, about baths.

The first time we tried it we did Luna first in the kitchen sink and she immediately jumped straight on and was clinging to my apron looking terrified.

She's ok now - we run the bath before bringing them in and put Bella in first, but I doubt she'll be a swimmer.

WyrdByrd Fri 24-Jul-15 23:44:19

Actually neither of them were terribly interested when I showed then the video of the swimmy pigs yesterday.

70isaLimitNotaTarget Sat 25-Jul-15 00:14:18

I'd lose several layers of skin if I suggested swimming to GP5 grin

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