X15 by now is living in a captive breeding for piglets, together with his brothers and sisters. Once again we´ll show you new pictures of his life there. More pictures you can find in the associated album on Flickr.
A week before giving birth, the mother of X15 and X11 was moved to a farrowing crate, which is a metal cage hardly any bigger than her own body. It measures 65 cm in width and 190 cm in length. Trapped in this prison, she will give birth to her piglets onto bare concrete floor, [...]
On the documented farm, the mother of X15, as well as her fellow sows have been kept in groups for 4 weeks after having been made pregnant. This form of animal husbandry ended one week before the due date. Farms with less than 10 sows are allowed to keep the expectant mothers separated from each [...]