A warm welcome to Gabriella’s babies!

Posted in Day-to-day, intakes at 12:59 pm by Jenn

Gabriella, a big chocolate abyssinian sow that we rescued from the local shelter a few scant weeks ago, already obviously pregnant, has graced us with five babies!  She was dumped off by her previous owner with a litter already suckling!  The shelter has a strict policy of not adopting out pregnant animals, so they called us.  Gabby’s first litter had already been adopted by the time we got there for Gabby, so we took her and said a little prayer — back to back pregnancies are tough on piggies!  Poor Gabby was so huge she couldn’t even go through the pigloo door.  As each day passed, she got bigger and bigger and we began taking bets that she might actually physically explode!

Finally, on May 28, 2009, she gave birth to a total of seven babies, although two were stillborn.  That left us with a prodigious litter of five, four little girls, and one little boy.  Without further adieu, bring on the cute!











Andrea, their foster mom, writes of them with particular fondness, and loves telling us all about their differences!  Nina, the firstborn, she says, is the first to do everything!  “She was the first one to eat pellets, the first one to use the pigloo, and the first one to try to use the water bottle (which ended up with her soaking herself while looking aggravated!)”.

Ah, but Bia was the first one to learn the ancient piggie art of sleeping on food so nobody else can eat it!

Bia napping in the food bowl.


  1. Celia said,

    June 9, 2009 at 9:10 am

    I am so glad that Gabby-girl can finally retire from the piggie production line. She couldn’t have ended her career with a more adorable bunch of babies.

  2. Jennifer said,

    June 11, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    I so wish you were in DC!!! Abyssinians are my favorite and these piggies are too cute for words.

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