Baby Pig Story
A pair of big brown eyes peek through the wooden fence in the barn. A young girl kneels in the hay and watches Mother Pig feed her new litter of piglets. The girl stays quiet. She counts the tiny tails — one, two, three . . . all the way up to nine.
The girl gets up and quietly moves around to the other side. Now the girl can see all of the piglets. They are all perfectly pink — except for the littlest one on the end. She has brown spots all over her body. This is the little girl’s favorite piglet. She calls her Baby Pig.
Baby Pig moves with her family to a new home. It is called a sty or pigpen. It has a fence around it and hay on the ground. Baby Pig lives here with Mother and Father Pig and her sisters and brothers. At night, the piglets sleep close together to stay warm. Sometimes they even sleep on top of one another.
Today, Baby Pig wakes up first. She sniffs the ground looking for food. She is hungry all the time. Suddenly Baby Pig hears the girl coming. Baby Pig watches her pour the food into a long wooden bucket called a trough. Now all of the pigs are awake. Baby Pig has to push past the other hungry pigs to eat.
Today, Baby Pig and her family are going into the barnyard with the other animals. Baby Pig likes the barnyard, because it is much bigger than the sty. There is more room for her to run and play.
The girl opens the gate of the pigpen. One by one, the piglets follow their mother and father into the barnyard. A curious calf comes up to sniff Baby Pig. She doesn’t mind. She wants to play, but Mother Pig grunts loudly and the calf moves away. Baby Pig walks over to the fence, sniffing the ground for food. The girl comes over and says, “Are you hungry, Baby Pig? Here’s a treat for you.” The little girl gives the pig an apple.
It is summertime on the farm and very hot. The ground is dry and dusty. In the shade of the barn, the chickens roll in the dust to keep their feathers from sticking together. Baby Pig doesn’t sweat, so she needs to roll in the mud to get cool.
Soon the girl brings out a hose and makes a big mud hole by squirting water on the dirt. Baby Pig is the first one to jump in. She rolls and wriggles and splashes until she is covered in mud. She’s not hot anymore. The other pigs follow Baby Pig. They run and jump into the mud, too. Soon all the pigs are the color of mud. The little girl laughs. “I can hardly see you in all that mud,” she says. Baby Pig is looking for something good to eat. She walks over to where the chickens are eating, but she doesn’t want to eat grain. She walks over to where the cows are eating, but she doesn’t want to eat hay.
Maybe there is something good to eat in the barn. Baby Pig sticks her head in a pail, but it is empty. She tries to pull her head out, but the pail won’t come off! Baby Pig shakes her head, but the pail doesn’t move. She begins to run. The chickens and roosters see Baby Pig and run away. The geese see her, too, and honk and fly up on the fence.
Splash! Baby Pig lands in the mud. Finally the pail pops off! Sometimes, the girl takes Baby Pig for walks. Today, they’re going for a short walk down the road. Baby Pig likes to go for walks, because there are lots of new things for her to see. She watches a squirrel run up a tree and a rabbit hop into a bush.
Baby Pig stops to smell the yellow flowers that grow along the road. As they walk farther up the road, they see dogs herding a large flock of sheep. Baby Pig wants to help, but the girl tells her, “No, Baby Pig, pigs don’t herd sheep.”
Then they stop under an apple tree to rest. The girl feeds Baby Pig an apple for being so good.
Baby Pig is hungry again. This time, Baby Pig tries the corn growing in the field. She squeezes under the fence and races for the big cornstalks. Baby Pig knocks over a cornstalk and eats the ears of corn.
Soon Baby Pig sees a rabbit hopping around the cornstalks and chases it. Baby Pig wants to play, but the rabbit disappears down a hole. Now Baby Pig is lost. The corn is too tall! Baby Pig can’t see the barnyard.
Then Baby Pig hears a familiar voice. It’s the girl! Baby Pig squeals and the girl comes running to find her.
Baby Pig is five months old now. She’s too big to be picked up and carried by the girl. But she likes to follow the girl around the barnyard while the girl does her chores. She watches as the girl throws grain on the ground and the chickens gobble it up. Then Baby Pig follows the girl into the barn. The girl climbs up a ladder into the hayloft. She throws hay down to the barn floor to feed the cows. The girl doesn’t notice the hay falling on top of Baby Pig. Baby Pig is covered in hay. When the girl sees the pig in the hay, she giggles playfully and says, “Sorry, Baby Pig.”
The farm is quiet. It is nighttime, now. In the barn, the cows sleepily eat one last mouthful of hay. The calves are already asleep in their stalls. The hens are sitting on their nests in the hen house. Their chicks are safely tucked under their mothers’ feathers. Outside, the pigs are back in their sty. They are lying down and getting ready to sleep, too.
The barnyard is dark and empty now. The farmhouse is quiet. Baby Pig and the girl sit on the bottom step of the porch. They watch the fireflies blinking on and off in the darkness. When it is time for bed, the girl walks Baby Pig back to her pen and gives her a good-night hug. Now Baby Pig is one year old. Soon she will have her own babies. Every day the girl brings food and stops to talk to her.
When the new piglets are born, the girl chooses one to be her new pet. She knows this piglet is just as special as Baby Pig.