A broody boar named Blanket at an Amersham-based pig petting farm ended a summer of love with 71 piglets produced from his romances.
Kew Little Pigs, a petting farm which also ethically breeds micro-pigs to sell as pets, were left with more piglets than expected thanks to Blanket’s antics, which saw him escaping from his pen to mate with the sows in the next enclosure.
Using a bench to launch himself over the fence, the passionate porker’s lovemaking was finally put to a stop when the counter broke under his weight.
Staff were left bemused for months at the large number of piglets until Blanket leapt out of his pen to mate with two sows in full view of visitors.
Olivia Mikhail of Kew Little Pigs said: “There are benches for the visitors to sit on, and one day Blanket cleverly jumped onto the bench in the boy’s pen, jumped over the fence and climbed down into the girls’ petting pen.
“But now he has broken the bench and we have put extra measures in place, so sadly for Blanket and his girlfriends the fun is over.
“He did try to get the better of us, and now we have more piglets than ever, but all the pigs are very happy, and I think they have enjoyed the whole thing!”
“We hope that now people will come forward to adopt our little pigs, they make amazing loving pets.”
There is one other breeding boar at Kew Little Pigs, Milo, but it’s Blanket who’s winning the ladies’ attention, being responsible for 80 per cent of the five sows’ offspring.
This bumper crop of piglets, while unexpected, is yet another success for the miniature pig business, who are currently celebrating their tenth anniversary, having started in founder Olivia Mikhail’s back garden before eventually moving to their current premises.
Earlier this month, Olivia was a winner at the prestigious 2021 Best Businesswomen Awards, impressing judges and earning the award for Best Woman in Animal Services.
Collecting the award at a glitzy gala at Wembley’s Hilton Hotel, Olivia said: “I am absolutely over the moon about this award. It really has been an incredible journey and a lot of hard work, but I’m so proud of Kew Little Pigs, and the whole team too.
“We love pigs and care about their welfare and hope that shines through in all that we do, but it is moments like this that help us realise that our message is working.”
Organiser of the awards, Debbie Gilbert, said, ‘This is a tough competition judged by business experts.
“To win is a major achievement. Winners were selected for their business acumen, creativity, and high levels of customer care.
“Our winners are shining examples of outstanding entrepreneurs who have proved their success to our judges and have shown they have the ingredients worthy of being recognised and rewarded.”