One thing I never realized about pigs is that they are very noisy. I have yet to hear Penelope ‘oink’ though. When she is alone she talks to herself- grunting and softly squealing as she digs up more mud or eats some grain. When she hears Daniel pull up in his pickup, she has this penetrating shrill squeal that reminds us that she is starving over here, bring food quick for resuscitation attempts. But the absolute worse, drop-everything-you-are-doing and run to see who is being murdered sound she makes when she is angry. The screaming sounds disturbingly human, only it is somehow dimensional, like 5 humans screaming bloody murder at the same time.
Two days ago Penelope got out of her pen and started chasing the goats. This was highly amusing, but after 15 minutes or so we were worried that the pig would get heat stroke or have a heart attack from all the exercise. So Daniel lured her over with some grain and grabbed her ears and started hauling her back to the pen. This doesn’t hurt her, but she did NOT want to go back to that pen, and boy did she scream. I’m surprised the neighbors didn’t call the police to report human torture on our farm. Of course, as soon as Penelope was back in her pen, she reminded us promptly that she was starving, and why is it so difficult to get service around here?