Ungulates (pronounced /ˈʌŋɡjəleɪts/) are any members of a diverse group of primarily large mammals that includes odd-toed ungulates such as horses and rhinoceroses, and even-toed ungulates such as cattle, pigs, giraffes, camels, deer, and hippopotamuses. Most terrestrial ungulates use the tips of their toes, usually hoofed, to sustain their whole body weight while moving. The term means, roughly, “being hoofed” or “hoofed animal”. A Ungulates are typically herbivorous (though some species are omnivorous, such as pigs), and many employ specialized gut bacteria to allow them to digest cellulose, as in the case of ruminants. They inhabit a wide range of habitats, from jungles, plains and rivers. (from Wikipedia)
I have a great rapport with ungulates.
They like me. I am sought out and invited into their eyes.
This is Atticus. He was an adorable medium size Pot Belly, but he grew very fast into a large, pushy piggy.
Pet Pigs are very intelligent and benefit from instruction from an early age.
They are strongly food motivated and enjoy comfort, warmth and companionship.
Pigs can eat many of the foods you do & sharing is a bonding, social behavior.
Never feed a pig people ‘junk’ food.
They have a tendancy to nutritional alopecia, which manifests in circular hairless patches.
Fruit, vegetables, whole grains; no meat, dairy or fish. Supplement with vitamin/minerals appropriate to their needs.
Here’s a link to the Best Friends website that gives more information.
They are many kinds of Goats.
Goats are social creatures, enjoy company and are curious.
Some like to leap on your car, standing up top gazing outward as if they were in the Alps.
Others will strip your favorite Maple and Cherry Trees of leaves and branches.
Goats like to perch, gambol, and fling their legs about.
Larger Goats are something of a handful to manage.
They are fun loving by Nature and can be led anywhere by food.
Wild Deer are common on the Oregon Coast.
With human encroachment on their grazing territories, these gentle Beings often need help, especially in the Winter.
Feeding Deer correctly and to their benefit takes some thought.
This link is to a site called Seed Land, which gives some excellent advice on feeds ingredients, including planting food plots.
They need drinking water, so if you have a feeder for the birds – it may attract Deer too.
More on Deer, plus Horse and Elk in Part 2…..