A popular pig from Barshaw Park Nature Corner has passed away, Renfrewshire Council sadly announced today.
Bounds the pig, who was 10 and died from old age, was one of two Kune Kune crossbreed pigs that arrived at the nature corner in 2005. Leaps, the other pig, died in January.
Councillor Eddie Devine, Convener or Renfrewshire Council’s Environment Policy Board, said, “We are very sad to share the news that Bounds has passed away. She was popular with visitors and our staff. Kune Kune pigs are known for their gentle, friendly nature and Bounds was typical of her breed.
“Many of the animals at the nature corners in Barshaw Park and Robertson Park are quite elderly and we have now lost both Leaps and Bounds.
“However, we fully intend to keep both the nature corners open. We will be bringing in new animals and investing in the enclosures at Barshaw Park to improve the environment for them. The Council has already shown its commitment to the nature corner with the arrival of the new donkeys last year and the brand new accommodation provided for them.
“The council intends to consult with park users, the Friends of Barshaw Park and other interested groups about the kind of animals that are best suited to the nature corners.
“While this is a sad day, our aim is to make sure that regular visitors to the nature corners will be greeted by a number of new faces in the near future.”
The nature corner at Barshaw Park will close temporarily for a few days in August to allow improvement work to the pens.
Kune Kune pigs are from New Zealand and the name means ‘fat and round’.
Leaps and Bounds were both a crossbreed between Kune Kune and Vietnamese Pot-bellied pigs.