Having summoned the ferry to take us from Easdale village to Easdale Island by pressing the bell, we thought we’d probably be back on the next scheduled one about half an hour later. After all, it’s a small island and we had visited it previously. We had not anticipated the lure of the woolly pig or the blonde Mangalica pig, according to Wikipedia.
We found a sign saying ‘Pigs’ and followed the direction in which it pointed. We came across a sunken area with a couple of these lovely Mangalica snoozing away – this is the female.
Once we got closer, we realised that there was a large litter of tiny piglets sprawled over the male pig – we later established they were about 2 weeks old. They started to move around as we got closer.
A close-up of one of the piglets straddling dad’s foot.
Clearly, it was tea-time so they all made for the mother and started suckling. She did her best to sleep on.
After a lot of wriggling, they managed to line up so they could all get in to feed.
Happy little piglets!
Once fed, they all toddled off.
And back to dad – perhaps he has more body heat but the challenge was for the whole litter to climb on top of him and find a secure perch.
There were several false starts and not all climbing was elegant.
Some tried a double-decker approach to hold on.
Eventually, they managed to form a neat line although the one at the end didn’t look to secure and more wriggling, slipping and re-climbing followed.
Looking quite contented here.
They look much more comfortable lying snuggled up next to their dad – well, apart from the one underneath but it looked happy enough.
The sow slept on presumably happy that the boar was looking after their little family.
If you want to visit the pigs, they are owned by the folk who run the Easdale B&B which looks like a very peaceful place to stay.
Finally, a short summary of what we have on show in Edinburgh at the moment.
We stayed at the excellent Finch Bay Eco-Hotel and had a variety of fantastic, well-organised trips to see the unusual wildlife and landscape. We had good guides, in particular Valentine, who was easy-going, yet knowledgeable and authoritative, plus a friendly team in the hotel led by yer man Carlos.
And her’s a shot from the Tortoise breeding programme to conserve the species endemic to the various islands. As you can see, this wee fella is tiny compared to the fully grown adult above.
And finally, walking out of the picture…
More to follow as I work through what I shot. In the meantime, you may want to look at these previous posts on Ecuador.