We have tried to save several runts, and whole litters that the mom didn’t take. It is a heartbreaking task because the outcome is bleak without that first lifesaving meal. Colostrum, which is released in the mother’s milk for the first days gives the babies its immunity to the outside world. Without this immunity any little bug it catches can threaten its life.
In the last litters that I had, there was 1 runt. I made sure it nursed off of its mother and I also held it so that it could nurse from another mother who was more agreeable. That extra effort for it to get a supply of colostrum is what will make the difference in the survival rate of this bottle fed baby.
I feared that it was not going to be strong enough to fight for its place on the lunch line so we took it to the house to be bottle fed.
Here she is sleeping on her stuffed monkey and being guarded by our lil’ pig dog, Zoyee
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