I forgot to latch the gate to the pigs’ pasture and they figured out how to open it. So for the second time this year they were able to join our goats and Rowan (the horse) in their pasture.
The pigs seemed to enjoy the company of the other animals, but the feeling wasn’t mutual. The goats were indifferent about their presence and Rowan was downright indignant.
When I discovered what had happened, Rowan was chasing them around and trying to bite their tails. The pigs seemed to be regarding it as a game and they enjoyed playing. Rowan was not amused.
Before the situation deteriorated further I was able to get the pigs back to their own pasture. All it took was the sight of me with a bucket of feed and they galloped home joyfully.
This time I latched the gate and, for good measure, ran electricity to it. After they push their wet noses into an electrified gate once, they never try to open it again.
Rowan is relieved to have them back where they belong.