DAY EIGHT: Thursday, 9-25-08

Yeah, yeah, yeah. I know. You've been waiting all day, and here it is, 8:30pm, and I'm just now getting around to posting your daily pig fix. I get it.

But trust me, these were worth waiting for.

As usual, they're graphic. Viewer discretion. Blah, blah, blah. OK? Now, on to the pix...

"Imholte Fan Club" asked to see where we're keeping the big. You know, yeah, it's in a cage, but where's the cage, and what's the immediate environment like? The river side of the Science Museum: The really big picture.
The river side of the Science Museum: The really big picture.Courtesy Roger Barrett
Getting in a little closer. (Museum folks remember: the door will lock behind you and the fence is locked, and you will be very embarrassed if you have to call for help because you've trapped yourself out there. Also, it's really important that we don't move the cage at all.) The education corrall: The pig cage is the little gray box, in the center, under the overhang.
The education corrall: The pig cage is the little gray box, in the center, under the overhang.Courtesy Roger Barrett
Liza and Bette in the picture for scale. Bette is fairly disgusted. :) It's a big cage: The sheet of plywood we're leaning against blocks the view of the big from the school lunch area.
It's a big cage: The sheet of plywood we're leaning against blocks the view of the big from the school lunch area.Courtesy Roger Barrett
Cage door open. The pig is an order of magnitude smellier than it has been, but I think it's still surprisingly tolerable. Seriously. I've smelled worse summertime dumpsters, or skankier fishing piers. It's a sickly, sweet, rotting meat kind of smell, and it's not pleasant, but I didn't have to hold my breath, and I didn't feel nauseated. Well, from the smell, anyway. Door's open: Blech. When I unlocked and opened the cage, I disturbed hundreds of flies.
Door's open: Blech. When I unlocked and opened the cage, I disturbed hundreds of flies.Courtesy Roger Barrett
Cage door open. The pig is an order of magnitude smellier than it has been, but I think it's still surprisingly tolerable. Seriously. I've smelled worse summertime dumpsters, or skankier fishing piers. It's a sickly, sweet, rotting meat kind of smell, and it's not pleasant, but I didn't have to hold my breath, and I didn't feel nauseated. Well, from the smell, anyway. Whole body: There it is, in all it's glory.
Whole body: There it is, in all it's glory.Courtesy Roger Barrett
Not just lots of flies, but lots of different kinds of flies. Flies: Close-up of the cluster of flies we could see on the webcam. I'm not sure if these flies are laying eggs on the pig, or if they're predatory flies eating the maggots.
Flies: Close-up of the cluster of flies we could see on the webcam. I'm not sure if these flies are laying eggs on the pig, or if they're predatory flies eating the maggots.Courtesy Roger Barrett
There's a LOT going on on the pig's belly. Pig belly: What do you notice?
Pig belly: What do you notice?Courtesy Roger Barrett
These maggots are all clustered along a tear in the pig's skin. Skin tear & maggots
Skin tear & maggotsCourtesy Roger Barrett
The skin's peeling and tearing. The maggots are taking over. Maggots on belly
Maggots on bellyCourtesy Roger Barrett
You can see maggots moving under the skin. Seriously. Maggots under skin
Maggots under skinCourtesy Roger Barrett
But here's today's shocker. I know we've said that the pig has no face before. But now the pig has no head. None at all. You can, however, see it's bone structure. Mandibles
MandiblesCourtesy Roger Barrett
Bad to the bone. Literally. Molars
MolarsCourtesy Roger Barrett
You want more? OK.
OK.Courtesy Roger Barrett
There's still a lot of activity in the general head area, but it's shifting. Armpit?: What is this part of a pig actually called?
Armpit?: What is this part of a pig actually called?Courtesy Roger Barrett
The dark underbelly... Under the pig
Under the pigCourtesy Roger Barrett