The youngster's father was recently spotted kneeling beside the pen and talking softly to the animal. "Pig Whisperer" quickly came to mind.
To try to find an answer to the dilemma, the grandfather of the pig owner contacted a World War II Army buddy of his wintering in Palm Springs. The Army buddy, a retired pig farmer from Minnesota, telephoned his son back home. He said pigs often get a kink in their intestines when they "lay funny." Perhaps this was the problem because the pig is doing better now.
When I last saw the pig she was prancing around the nearby corral and looking much better. The owner recently gave her a new name, Miracle. It will be a challenge, however, to put 40 pounds on the beast in the next two weeks.
Several years ago a nephew of mine raised a fine pig. The day it was to be taken to the fair it broke its leg. Fortunately, most kids have insurance against such calamities. Just about every year a lamb is attacked by dogs and has to be put down.
Holtville High School ag instructor Deanna Elmer has had a number of experiences with her four-legged charges. Most recently a couple of feeder calves were underweight and one had pink eye and an FFA lamb had wool fungus, also known as ringworm.
"The wool fungus is very contagious and can be transmitted to humans," Elmer said. "Infected lambs are banned from the fair. The underweight calves were fed bananas and molasses and the one with pink eye got a shot of antibiotics and sulfa spray. You have to be ready for everything."
A couple of weeks ago Elmer helped with the birthing of pygmy goats.
Julie Velasco of Holtville remembers her son Jake's first experience raising a sheep. Jake was about 10 years old at the time.
"It was wild. It never tamed down," Velasco said. "It dragged Jake into the showmanship ring at the fair like he was on skis. The thing knocked people down in the ring. The whole Junior Fair Board tried to catch it. It was total chaos."
The day of the auction everyone was giving a lot of space to the "crazy" sheep.
Its reputation had preceded it. Everyone gave it a wide berth except the photographer in charge of taking the official auction photos.
"As she reached down to adjust Krusty's stance for the photograph," Velasco said, "the sheep reared up, knocked her over and tore up the whole photo area."
For some reason Krusty had a change of heart after that and behaved like a storybook lamb during the auction.