Today was…nuts. I had been waiting on the side of the road by Sendero Quechua for Pati to come pick me up when a kind-faced man drove up to me:
Farmer: “Hola chino, quiere ver algo impresionante?”
Me: “Pues, claro!”
It only dawned on me about 5 minutes into the car ride, as we descended down a steep slope valley I never even knew existed, that I just agreed to hop in a car with a stranger to go see something. And I had forgotten what “impresionante” meant. Uh. Did I mention he was kind-faced?
Anyways. After a bit of small talk I realized we were going to see something truly spectacular. His cerda was about ready to burst and he needed an extra pair of hands, literally! When we arrived she had already started farrowing - just in time too!
The farmer delivered three adorable little piglets, and by this time, I was kicking myself for having forgot to charge my camera the night before.
But, maybe that’s a good thing considering where my hands were about to go. About an hour later, the farmer told me there was one piglet left, and asked if I wanted to try. Seeing as how I would never, ever have the chance to do this again, I of course obliged! I had no idea it would mean that I would actually have to go…inside….but, with encouragement from the farmer, it all worked out.
After 10 minutes of mindless, sweaty groping, I flipped out as soon as I felt its little head around my thumb and forefingers. With a bit of effort (and a whole lot of lubricant) the little guy slipped out pretty easily. Mama cerda was cool and collected throughout the entire process, quite the trooper!
Overall I was super happy with - and still slightly vexed by - this incredibly random opportunity in husbandry (husbandtunity). Sadly, no photos, except this one from the side of the road prior to my battery dying and this whole thing happening. Maybe some things weren’t meant to be photographed, hahah.
Only in Costa Rica could getting into a car with a strange man lead to a pig birthing! Pura vida, como siempre.