It’s a scorcher today as the heat wave continues and the summer solstice as well. Temperatures are set to hit a 40 year high for the month of June. Our Middle White Piglets have moved from their pen in Pets Corner up to a larger pen, which comes with fantastic opportunities to have a wallow. The formerly pink piglets got stuck right in and made the most of the cool mud, which will help keep them cool and safe from the sun! I think they might have the right idea in the heat!
There are two cute newcomers in Pets Corner. Meet our new Middle White piglet sisters! The pair join us from Hadleigh Farm and are just starting to settle into life at Mudchute.
The Middle White is a native and rare breed of pig with notable prick ears and a snub nose. The breed was known as “The London Porker” because of high demand for Middle White pork in the capital, but today these sisters are among the only Middle White pigs in London. The breed trace their roots to 1852 Keighley Agricultural Show in West Yorkshire and became one of the foundation breeds of the National Pig Breeders Association in 1884. The breed declined sharply during World War II, but the breed survived thanks to a few dedicated breeders. You can find out more about this fascinating pig breed from the British Pig Association and the Middle White Pig Society.
Since their arrival, our large black pigs have been growing steadily. As we prepare for a new duo of piglet sisters to join us (watch this space!), our large black piglets are moving to a larger enclosure. Here they have even more opportunities to indulge in their favourite natural behaviours like sunbathing and rooting. There’s plenty to explore!