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We call her Mango

She is a gopher snake who seems to enjoy living in the sanctuary houseyard. I sometimes have to save her from marauding birds. Yesterday, we were in my boss' backyard letting our newest piglet (who I am currently calling Kiwi - see pictures) play outside. The piglet started running up and down the fenceline - she was playing, having a grand 'ol time. When we wandered over to her, we noticed she kept running over Mango's poor snakey head. Mango had this stoic look on her face and kept trying to dodge the piglet before impact. It was cute. We had to save Mango from pig hooves. :)

Mango is our queen mice huntress. She may be a he, but I don't sex snakes. We heart Mango.







Alrighty, on to Kiwi. Kiwi is our super duper rare New Zealand Spotted Biting Piglet. Which is to say we aren't sure of her ancestry, but she looks a lot like a rare New Zealand feral pig from the Arapawa island. Now, Kiwi will not be her name, but I really like it, and I refuse to just call her "that creature".

She is SUPER photogenic, and a tiny button doll pie head.





To get an idea of her size:

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houses7177
Jun. 9th, 2006 04:57 pm (UTC)
Adorableness all around! Mango is lovely and Kiwi's face is just kissable.
rinalia
Jun. 11th, 2006 01:54 am (UTC)
I kiss Kiwi all the time. I'm pretty sure Mango would appreciate it if I kept my distance. :)
questforclarity
Jun. 9th, 2006 04:58 pm (UTC)
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I want to play with that piglet for hours!!!! Oh goodness. She is the most beautiful piglet ever :D
rinalia
Jun. 11th, 2006 01:54 am (UTC)
She is just stunning! We think she is a mix of wild pig and domestic. Can't wait to see how she turns out when she gets older.
littlehounddog
Jun. 9th, 2006 05:09 pm (UTC)
They are both adorable! :)
rinalia
Jun. 11th, 2006 01:57 am (UTC)
I agree! Though i'm pretty Mango feels that Kiwi is not so much cute as annoying. :)
polyphonicvegan
Jun. 9th, 2006 05:23 pm (UTC)
Does Mango let you pick her up? The gardener snakes in my parents' yard used to let me when I was a kid.

Kiwi is too cute for words! I want to adopt her but I don't think my land lord would go for it. Drat. :-P
rinalia
Jun. 11th, 2006 01:56 am (UTC)
I'm not sure if "let" is the right word. When we have to move them, we pick them up with ease, but the snakes often end up quite perturbed with us. :) One of the gophers, Gary, dislikes being picked up - it's amazing how quickly he can move with just one poke to the tail.

I think Kiwi is perhaps the most adorable piglet I have ever met. I'm pretty sure she has some wild pig in her. Actually, I hope so. She'll probably be smaller, have less health problems and live longer. :)
kittiewithclaws
Jun. 9th, 2006 06:07 pm (UTC)
I want that piglet to sleep on my bed. I want to give her a bath with my sugar and spice hemp soap and then snuggle her little piggy self.
rinalia
Jun. 11th, 2006 01:56 am (UTC)
She would definitely love that. Snuggling and sleeping are her two most favorite things.
rottnpagan
Jun. 9th, 2006 06:36 pm (UTC)
I want Kiwi. She's adorable.
rinalia
Jun. 11th, 2006 01:57 am (UTC)
She loves to be wanted. :)
rottnpagan
Jun. 11th, 2006 02:03 am (UTC)
Stick her in the mailbox, I'll take her. :)
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rinalia
Jun. 11th, 2006 01:58 am (UTC)
Mango says if you have a lot of mice that need hunting, she'll be happy to come and visit.

Kiwi isn't so much into mice as she is into ramming her nose into my stomach. :)
rozae
Jun. 9th, 2006 11:14 pm (UTC)
That is the cutest piglet I have ever seen! And a very cool snake. Looks like it was aptly named.
rinalia
Jun. 11th, 2006 01:59 am (UTC)
Her head coloration is very mango-like. :) It is neat getting to know some of the snakes - my boss cannot tell them apart, but my friend and I almost always know who is who. Or, we just make it up and act like we know. ;)

Kiwi is beyond adorable. There is a law somewhere that outlaws the cuteness that is her.
justbluemyself
Jun. 10th, 2006 12:24 am (UTC)
How can she be a biting piglet? It doesn't look like she has any teeth. She's very cute. I'm not a fan of snakes, but Mango sounds like she could be the exception.
rinalia
Jun. 11th, 2006 02:00 am (UTC)
Oh she has teeth. :) They are sharp, pointy and she uses them with grace and ease. It's hard to see them in the picture.

Mango is the most laid-back snake I have met. She nearly was crushed by a gate, and she waited patiently for us to pick her up and move her to a safer area. I'm pretty sure she also glared at us, but I can't be so sure - a snake's "happy" face and "death-glare" face are pretty similar, heh.
iheartoothecae
Jun. 10th, 2006 12:37 am (UTC)
That's a cute snake and a supercute biting piglet.
rinalia
Jun. 11th, 2006 02:01 am (UTC)
I will thank you on their behalf! :)
ladydevonny
Jun. 10th, 2006 07:29 am (UTC)
I wish I didn't have a phobia of snakes, because I always wanted to touch one. I heard they don't feel scaley-like.
rinalia
Jun. 11th, 2006 02:02 am (UTC)
Mango is very smooth to the touch. When we moved her from the piglet stomping ground, she was warm and quite snuggable, if ya know, wild gopher snakes were into that sort of thing.
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