Dalai was part of the first litter born to Mama Memphis here under the former administration. He is one of the MANY spotted little “Fuzzy Ferals” who live in the Feral Neighborhood. He has a distinctively disheveled hairdo and a very characteristically cautious demeanor for a feral. His best friends are some of his equally polka dotted and fuzzy siblings, Maireed, Nelson, Buddha, and Gandhi. Dalai’s healthcare requires the assistance of our vet partners at the University of Tennessee to ensure he is most comfortable with handling. Ferals often need a little extra help and extra security to tolerate things like hoof and tusk trims, which we happily provide for them.
The Fuzzy Ferals started with just 4 pigs, but grew to a herd of 18 in just 4 short months. Momma Memphis arrived from the Memphis Animal Shelter in October 2018 under the care of the former administration of this property. She was accompanied by Martin and Coretta, both fully grown, and baby King. Shortly after arriving, she gave birth to seven spotted babies, many of whom resemble Martin. 4 months later, because King was neutered too late, she gave birth to 7 more fuzzy little potatoes who all resembled King.
Prey animals like pigs are extremely efficient at procreation because the survival of their species depends on it. Females can become pregnant as soon as they deliver, and they can have three litters of up to 15 babies a year. Males are fertile very quickly, which means caregivers need to exercise extreme caution when they have an unaltered male on the property.
The Fuzzy Ferals were spayed once OMI took over the Tennessee property, which further improved their chances for a long and healthy life. Female pigs are highly susceptible to reproductive abnormalities if left unspayed, which can significantly impact the quality and length of their lives. Not only are the Fuzzy Ferals living in safety with their family, but they have now received full “Sanctuary Babe” status with the addition of an appropriate level of species-specific healthcare.