By Charles Wade-Palmer
A wild baby Boar found abandoned by its mother and hours from death has been saved – thanks to RICE PUDDING.
The adorable boar, named Piggie by rescuers, was found with his umbilical cord still attached on the side of the road in Cinderford, Glos.
Wildlife experts were unsure whether he would survive – but were stunned when they offered the cheeky porker a tub of Ambrosia rice pudding – and he gobbled the whole thing up.
And now the piglet can’t get enough of the stuff – gobbling down tins of the stuff – which has saved his life.
Staff at the Vale Wildlife hospital say Piggie is so friendly he can’t be released back into the wild – but they’re looking for a new home for him once he’s big enough to leave the centre -but wherever he ends up, cupboards must be overflowing with the tinned comfort food.
A spokesperson for Vale Wildlife Hospital said: “We’ve brought out rice pudding for him to wean him on and he instantly took to it because it’s so sweet.
“He was first being fed milk on the bottle every two hours but we’re now topping up his bowl every two hours with rice pudding which he absolutely loves.
“When Piggie was brought in he weighed a tiny 1kg and in just one week he’s now about 1.8kg and it’s all down to his taste for milky rice.”
If the piglet was not head over heels for Ambrosia, vets at Vale Wildlife Hospital would have struggled to keep him alive without his mother.
The baby Boar may have his favourite dish but even wild animals need a balanced diet which for Piggie includes mealworms and apple.
“He was found at the side of the road with his umbilical cord still attached and still soaking wet from birth so he can’t have been much more than a few hours old.
“We don’t know why he was picked up on his own.
Shop owner Alan Bowkett, spotted the newborn shivering by the road of his Cinderford store where he kept it warm until rescuers arrive.
Unable to release Piggie back into the wild, hospital staff are now desperately hoping for an experienced Boar handler to come forward.
A spokesperson at Vale Wildlife Hospital said: “In the Forest of Dean there’s a healthy population of wild boar, and they’re even being culled.
“Unfortunately because there’s a cull on we’d need a licence especially to release him back into the forest and he’s probably too tame now anyway.
“His next owner needs to be someone who knows what they’re doing. You’d need a Dangerous Animals qualification and a fair bit of land which you don’t mind getting churned up.
“Boars are constantly foraging with their snout stuck into the ground so certainly isn’t suitable for the average person’s back garden.”