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Horny Boar, Unable To Neuter, Needs Friend, What Do I Do?

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i don't know how much of this is relevant so I'm just going to tell you the whole story. I rescued a male piggy, unneutered, I wanted to get him a friend but I didn't know his age or health history and was reluctant to neuter because of this. I did some research and spoke to some rescues and couple of vets and it came out sort of 50/50 in terms of whether it would be a good idea. the rescues wouldn't let me have another piggy unless I neutered and the vets said it was risky as the anaesthesia kills like 1 in 40 or something so I didn't do it, I didn't want to risk his life.

they all said he shouldn't live alone so I went to a pet shop and bought one from there. the lady who worked there breed the pigs herself. Unfortunately my piggy could not have cared less for this new piggy. when I first introduced them he didn't even look up from the grass he was eating. no interest at all. I though maybe they'd get used to each other. The little guy is 8 months old now and I'm starting to think my older piggy was happy on his own. they don't fight, but they don't hang out either. sometimes the little guy will try and snuggle as its clear he wants the company but my older one wants his space. he very chill. doesn't run around or do much, he very placid and a little nervous generally. little guy isn't. he's a curious bundle of energy. I thought maybe he was so chill cos he was nervous living alone and the other pig would help him come out of his shell a little. apparently not. he just an old guy who likes to sit and sleep a lot.

I thought about neutering my little guy and getting him a female friend or another neutered male, young like him to play with. Recently he got a cough so I took him to the vet. bad news. the vet said he may have a heart condition as his heart was too slow, he currently on antibiotics for the cough but the vet advised that I not put him under the stress of a neuter surgery as the odds of him surviving with a heart like that was a lot lower than normal.

He has also recently taken to humping my older piggy a lot too, which is stressing him out and I don't know what to do about that. I'm sure little guy needs a friend like him, someone to play with. my hope was to get him a friend to distract him from constantly bothering my older piggy but with being unable to neuter I don't know how I can achieve that. I'm now worried I'm going to end up with three males that don't like each other. Ideas?
 

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How old are your two boars exactly?
 

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I know that my older piggy is at least two years old based on how long I've had him and how long he was at the rescue place ( he had a previous owner though and I don't know how long they had him) and little guy was 7 weeks old when I got him the start of October so roughly 8 months old.
 
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I know that my older piggy is at least two years old based on how long I've had him and how long he was at the rescue place and little guy was 7 weeks old when I got him the start of October so roughly 8 months old.
It sounded like your younger boy was at one of the more difficult sages of his teenage months.
Your older boy is not too elderly though, so as long as the bond is still functional, I would strongly recommend to try and sit it out.
You can find information on how to figure out whether they are still OK plus more background information in this guide here. Please have a careful read through it and then assess the situation with the tips I am giving in there: Boars: Bullying, Fighting, Fall-outs And What Next?
 
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