Kune Kune pigs are from New Zealand and nearly became extinct. They are one of the smallest pigs, being the size of a large (and fat) dog. They are very friendly animals and many people now keep them as pets although some people also raise them as farm animals for use as meat. Pigs are very clever and intelligent creatures and keeping kune kune pigs as pets does give you an understanding of why many people are stopping eating meat. I am not a vegetarian (my wife is) however I would not contemplate eating our pet pigs, they are just so friendly and funny to be with that they are considered part of our family along with our collie dogs.
On this page we have added a number of pictures taken on the first day we got our pet Kune Kune pig - Geordie. We had to hand raise Geordie as he was not able to feed off his mum. It has been fun to raise him from one day old and while there has been some worrying times, when he had to be treated with antibiotics for a leg infection, we have had and continue to have lots of fun raising him and his brother - Buddy. We hope you enjoy these pictures, you are welcome to share them as long as you provide a mention to our website.
The piglet on the bottom left is Geordie. You can see how thin he was compared to the other piglets. We soon sorted that out by feeding him nearly every hour with multimilk replacement dried food.
Gretel with her brood of young piglets. Our piglet Geordie is being encouraged to go back to his mum for feeding. He just was not up to it and did not get much of a feed so we had to hand feed him. He is now a big, happy and fat kune kune as you can see from the other pictures of him as he grows older.
Mum looking contented as the piglets feed.
Greta does not even open an eye!
This is Gretel with her litter of one day old kune kune piglets. The one at the back is Geordie when we tried to see if he would feed from his mum. Unfortunately he was not strong enough compared to his brothers and sisters so he he would have died if we had not hand raised him.
I hope you enjoy the rest of the pictures taken on the first day we met our pet pig - Geordie.
Even at one day old these piglets are running around all over the shed.
This little pig gets everywhere!
Piglet picture of Geordie the first time we saw him. A real cutie he soon had us by the heart strings.
This is one of my favourite piggy wiggy pictures taken the first day. I did of course take loads of pictures of our own piglet - Geordie, but is is also nice to see his brothers and sisters.
One of the day old's being lifted up by Julie, our neighbour. It does look like an alien!
Piglets litter trying to get to sleep. It is a bit difficult to sleep when you have a person photographing you and using a camera with a flash. It did not seem to bother them that much.
Picture of mum Gretel. She had for some reason lost a lot of hair at the end of her pregnancy. She is a lovely friendly kunekune pig even when we were handling her piglets.