Hog in the Fog: A Huacuy Story of a Peruvian Pig

I was sorting through pixs from my trip to Peru today and came across this picture of a little pig:

Huacuy pig

We were in Huacuy Central that day, installing a vaccine fridge and replacing a broken radio in the medical clinic. It was very foggy up there at 7,000 feet, and I was a bit bummed that I had absolutely no view — as usual — of the mountains. (Serves me right for going during the rainy season, I guess!)

Anyway, I was taking a look around the village after the first hour had passed. Let’s face it, there wasn’t much I could do to help with this technical stuff — wiring a circuit breaker isn’t exactly my forte. So I decided to try and see what I could observe in the village. I was too timid about going far from the posta, though if this had been later in the trip, I would most certainly have been walking farther afield. In any case, I ventured out and took a few photos, but mostly there wasn’t much to see with the thick mist.

Then I heard a strange noise out there in the mist. You know how sound does weird things in the fog…? Well, I hear a low sort of grunting-whining sound coming from the village. What the heck is that?!

I stood still and waited. Then, right before the creature appeared, it dawned on me. Pig. That’s what makes that sound. And there he came, waddling along, heading straight for the ambulance truck that we had ridden up to Huacuy from neighboring Quillo. Upon arrival, he set to work rubbing every part of his itchy, black body on different parts of the truck. Satisfied, at last, he walked over to the posta.

Will he enter the clinic…? I held my breath. I’d seen dozens of dogs, cats, and even chickens go inside medical clinics in Peru. But this little guy had other plans and continued walking along the perimeter. I heard him out there in the fog and eventually followed the sound. There he was eating grass over by the septic “system.” YUMMO.

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4 Responses

  1. What a gentle little story.

    I love the picture of the Pig in question.
    I should like to cuddle it for a while.

    RDK

  2. He looks as happy as a pig in a mud puddle! 🙂 Except without the mud!

    Kind of smallish, that pig, and hairy. LOL

  3. poor little guy was just itchy is all 🙂

    nice picture!

  4. […] kids fundraiser Posted on January 15, 2009 by writinggb Before the holidays (when I was too busy to post), my son’s school held a fundraiser to help support the Village Empowerment Project.  For those of you who have read this blog for a while, you will recall that I have written extensively about traveling to Peru in January of 2008 as a part of this group that works in remote villages in the Andes, installing solar-powered systems for emergency communication, medical devices, and water treatment.  Click here to read a sample entry from the trip if you want: Hog in a Fog. […]

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