Posted 07-25-2004 at 13:10:33
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I, too, would not eat the meat if I did not know the cause of death, but I do have a possible scenario (cause of death):
We raise one pig a year for our family freezer.
One year, we thought we'd try two. They were kept in the same pen, but fed in separate boxes.
I suppose this would always be the case - one was the "boss" pig, the other the follower. When we fed them, most of their time was spent with the boss pig constantly changing boxes - running from one to the other - whichever box the less agressive pig was at just HAD to be the one with the BEST food.
Well after some weeks of this the less agressive pig seemed a little less stout than the other - he probably wasn't quite getting his share. So one day I decided I would turn the smaller pig out of the pen to eat so that he could definitely get all of his ration himself.
All went fine.... for awhile. Later that day I came out the back door to hear a pig squealing like someone was killing it. I ran out to the pen to find the boss pig standing over the other one, biting it. By the time I got there the smaller pig had just about given up. It's eyes were rolled up in its head and it wasn't moving. I got the other one away and soothed and talked to the injured one. It gradually began to grunt a little, but still couldn't stand up for a few minutes. As soon as it could stand, I urged it into the field with my cow for safe keeping. It was very happy there and was completely fine in a couple of hours.
I am certain the trouble arose from the boss pig being jealous over the other because of the “special” treatment it got. My impression is that pigs are pretty smart.
The strange thing was that there weren't really any particular bite injures or scratches on ihe samller pig - except for its ears which did have a couple of slits bitten into them. The real problem seemed to be from it stressing out from the attack. I am certain it would have been dead in a few more minutes if I hadn’t happened on the scene.
Don’t know if this will help any, but just thought I’d share.
Judy in NC