Mount Vernon’s only summer piglet, Juliette, has flown the coop, or more accurately, left the pigpen. She’ll be headed to St Simon’s Island, Ga., next week and has been taken away from her mother, Genesis, for weening in the meantime.
Despite much squealing, Genesis seemed to forget that she had been separated from her offspring within minutes of Juliette’s departure, when she shoved her snout in her food bowl and began methodically snacking, demonstrating what appeared to be either a total lack of swine emotion or an advanced equine coping mechanism.
Juliette, who is almost two months old, has been purchased as part of a breeding pair along with an older boar from the estate. Her departure means that Mount Vernon is pigletless until next spring, when we expect our next litters to be born.