August 27, 2014

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Feeding time a frenzy for piglet litter of 11

MEDINA — When you are one of 11 in a litter, feeding time can be quite a frenzy.

At lunchtime Wednesday, squealing pink piglets were trying to make sure they got enough to eat without being pushed out of the way by their brothers and sisters.

The runt of the 11-piglet litter stumbles around after trying to get something to eat. (Photo by Allison Wood, The Gazette.)

The runt of the 11-piglet litter stumbles around after trying to get something to eat. (Photo by Allison Wood, The Gazette.)

After hearing those piglets trying to get nourishment from their mother, seven piglets located in the pen next door woke up and decided they wanted some, too.

Even when all the piglets are asleep, a crowd of children always gathers by the pens in Barn 41 at the Medina County Fair, and Wednesday afternoon was no exception.

“They have us bring them in for the kids to see,” said owner Joe Aungst, who has brought two litters of piglets to the fair nearly every year for the last 20 years.

The litter of 11 was born July 27 and the seven piglets were born July 28, the Chatham Township resident said.

“We try to have them three or four days before the fair,” Aungst said.

Sometimes this doesn’t always work out: Last year, the piglets were born at the fair in the middle of the week, Aungst said.

After feeding, this year’s piglets took a short walk around the edge of their pens before looking for a place to curl up and sleep until it was time to eat again.

Contact Allison Wood at (330) 721-4050 or allisonwood@ohio.net.

Seven piglets have to fight to get enough to eat from their mother without being pushed out by their brothers and sisters Wednesday at the Medina County Fair. There were two litters, one with seven piglets, the other with 11. Both litters are owned by Joe Aungst of Chatham Township. (Photo by Allison Wood, The Gazette.)

Seven piglets have to fight to get enough to eat from their mother without being pushed out by their brothers and sisters Wednesday at the Medina County Fair. There were two litters, one with seven piglets, the other with 11. Both litters are owned by Joe Aungst of Chatham Township. (Photo by Allison Wood, The Gazette.)