As you might expect, not much ever really happens out by the pig wallow. Mud bakes in the sun, or oozes in the rain. Flies hover about. The occasional chicken wanders through, looking for errant corn hulls. And once a day, like clockwork, Farmer Ferd Derfle — or his wife Fergie — comes lumbering out that slapping screen door with a fresh warm bucket of the day’s slops.
What we observe here is the rare pig surprise. Not a big pig surprise, mind you, just a moderate one, for Pootog, Ferd’s youngest Yorkshire, has just noticed a brilliantly blue Phengaris arion fluttering past the nearby horse paddock. (The butterfly had become extinct throughout this region of Cornwall, but has been selectively reintroduced by conservationists.)
You can tell Pootog is in the midst of pig surprise by his slightly elevated and twitching earflap. (If this were instead an instance of pig shock, we would observe Pootog’s kinked tail uncurl forcefully.)
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