She was only a few hours old ❤️️
Dora Wei is used to seeing unusual animals surrounding her Hill Country house in Sri Lanka, but she was taken aback when a baby wild boar came up on her doorstep in September.
“In the early morning, my gardener discovered her outside my house,” Wei told The Dodo. “She had only been alive for a few hours. She’d been removed from her mother and appeared to be freezing.”
Wei and her partner understood the small animal wouldn’t live on her alone if she didn’t have a mother. So they set up a sleeping place in their living room for her and kept her warm with hot water bottles.
“I inquired around about how to care for wild boars, and everyone claimed it’s difficult if they’re this young, and that they always die without the mother,” Wei said. “We read on the internet that she’d need to be fed every hour, so my boyfriend and I took turns sleeping in the living room with her for almost four weeks, feeding her every hour when she woke up and started wailing.”
“For us, it was like taking care of a kid,” she continued.
Wei gave the wild boar the name Yezhu and showed her around her four dogs. She was scared that the small pig wouldn’t fit in with the rest of the pigs, but Yezhu was adamant about not being overlooked by her furry brothers.
Wei explained, “She would constantly want to be with them — especially the Labrador.” “She would constantly want to follow him and sit next to him or lie down next to him.”
“She’s incredibly polite to all the dogs,” Wei continued, “even though they do bark at her when she attempts to take their food.” “She’s certain she’s one of them.”
Yezhu now does everything her canine siblings do, including resting and…
Playing with their toys …
And then there’s the matter of consuming their food.
Although wild boars don’t have the finest vision, Wei realized that Yezhu was blind in one eye as she grew older. Wei and her partner constructed the tiny pig her own house outside in the garden, complete with a pool to cool down in on hot days, knowing she couldn’t be returned into the wild.
Yezhu comes inside at night to collect a plethora of pets and sleep with her human and canine family.
“Digging up the garden and soaking in her own tiny pool would be her favorite thing to do,” Wei added. “She also enjoys having her tummy rubbed when she sleeps.”
Yezhu entered her mother’s life at the appropriate time and has provided her family so much joy. And the tiny boar is seldom seen without a grin on her face.
“We discovered her at a particularly difficult and dismal moment in the country with the lockdown scenario,” Wei added. “She brought us closer together, and our lives are more pleasant while we’re caring for her and seeing her grow up.”