than that, however.
The first batch came about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, and the second began to
arrive at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday. It wasn't until 3 a.m. Thursday that the
last of the litter was finally brought into the world.
Lying exhausted in her pen Thursday, the unnamed mother sow was the
object of a great deal of attention.
Not only were fair visitors eager to get a glimpse of her brood, but
the piglets themselves were jockeying for position to suckle her breasts.
"They have 14 nipples" so 11 piglets can be fairly easily
accommodated, said fair docent Jeannine Marold.
The piglets, which already can walk and see, are about the size of
generous kielbasas. Their small bodies are either pink or, like their
mother's, black-and-white-striped. All of them are coated in a fine,
Though the closely timed births seem like an extraordinary
coincidence, Marold said there is a method behind the maternity.
The Centennial Farm staff actually times the pregnancies of its pigs
to coincide with the fair. The idea, Marold said, is to give visitors a
chance to see the miracle of pig birth, or births, up close.
The two litters are all that visitors can expect, however.
"Those were the only two sows that we had planned for delivery during
the fair," Marold said.