“We immediately noticed that she had this massive inflammation on her foot,” Hsiung said. “It was bleeding and infected and swollen up to the size of a golf ball. For a small piglet, that was a huge problem — she wasn’t able to walk.”
Hsiung suspects that Lily’s foot got caught in the grates of the farrowing crates, although he doesn’t know for sure.
“They have these grates underneath the piglets and the mom to allow the feces and urine to drain away as easily as possible,” Hsiung said. “And sometimes the babies get their feet stuck.”