Gretel is currently the beloved baby of the family, with her still-soft white hair and tiny little nose and hooves. A squeal from Gretel will bring big sis’ Scarlett running to check on her baby!

Because of her size, Gretel lives in a pen adjacent to the big pig pen. We don’t want them to accidentally step on her and smoosh her! She is learning very quickly to go out of the barn with Justin or Olivia on a harness and leash for exercise safely away from Pippi’s and Scarlett’s big feet.

Gretel was probably born sometime in September 2009 and as of mid-December when this was written, is around 35 pounds.

Gretel’s Story:

On November 12, 2009, Olivia and Justin visited a Doylestown farm on an errand. The farmer operates a petting zoo during the summer, then sells or slaughters his animals in the fall because he doesn’t want to care for them through the winter. Upon arriving at the farm, someone told them she had seen a piglet escape the pen and get attacked by the farmer’s three Jack Russels. The farmer called the dogs off, but then simply threw the injured, bloody, pig back into the pen with all the other animals. The Schlosser-Hogues inquired as to whether he intended to get the piglet veterinary attention. He responded, “Well, if she’s dead by morning, I’ll just mix her in with the batch of deer jerky I’m making.”

Olivia and Justin couldn’t just leave her there to die from cold, infection, or by the hands of the farmer. So they persuaded the farmer to sell them the piglet for ten dollars and loaded the terrified pig into their car.

Olivia called Dr. Amy Moore, a veterinarian at Bath Veterinary Clinic and a good friend, to see if she’s be willing to help clean up the pig. She agreed. Little Gretel’s prognosis was good; all wounds appeared to be superficial. Dr. Moore sedated Gretel, and the three humans worked quickly to clean all wounds.

Because the fence was not yet put up at the Schlosser-Hogue house, Gretel lived in the spare bedroom for a week! Now, though, she’s in the barn where she sleeps in a deep pile of straw, and is as happy and healthy as a piglet can be–just with a few remaining scabs!

Gretel just after arriving at her new, safe home… in the spare bedroom!

Gretel in her pen in the barn.


One Response to “Gretel”

  1. Gramma D said

    This is the first I heard or read about Gretel. I assumed you got her at Happy Trails. You were there at the farm at just the right time to save her life.
    What a cutie.

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