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Because everyone needs a smile :)

Here is a pic I took at the sanctuary of our youngest pig, Owen (5 months) with our oldest pig Bruce (9 years). Owen has taken to grooming all the older pigs. He spent a good five minutes grooming Bruce's face. It was pretty damn precious.

Owen was found in the middle of the road by a kind stranger. He was only a day old. He would have been raised on a "free-range" farm and sent to slaughter at the age of six months. 
Bruce was one of the worst cruelty cases we have seen. He had been left to die of starvation. He had been on the farm for seven years before we stepped in and literally had to order animal control to save him. When he arrived at the sanctuary, he was literally a skeleton with a hide draped over him. It took several months of TLC, but he survived. Because of his social isolation, he never knew how to grunt properly (pigs are VERY vocal). It is considered an honor when he grunts in greeting.

It is truly an honor to work with such gentle, silent teachers.


( 9 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 21st, 2007 03:34 am (UTC)
That is freaking adorable. OMG.
Jan. 21st, 2007 04:25 am (UTC)
I know! I was having a fit of "ZOMG!'s" while watching the groomfest.
Jan. 21st, 2007 06:05 am (UTC)
You made me smile
That is a beautiful photo. And I'm glad those two have found a good place to be. Will they live there forever? Or will they find a new home?
Jan. 21st, 2007 06:28 pm (UTC)
Re: You made me smile
For the most part, once animals come to the sanctuary, they'll remain there for the rest of their lives. :)

It's super difficult to find homes for farmed animals - gotta weed out the folk who want to eat them!
Jan. 21st, 2007 07:42 am (UTC)
Owen has gotten huge! What a sweet picture.
Jan. 21st, 2007 06:29 pm (UTC)
Owen is ginormous, it's ridiculous. He's now around 200 pounds. He's still tiny compared to the big pigs!
Jan. 21st, 2007 06:34 pm (UTC)
That is crazy! He was a little guy a couple of months ago!
Jan. 21st, 2007 10:45 pm (UTC)
That cannot be Owen of the Nose-Pinchys!
He is SO BIG! But he still has that cute little face! I'm dying!
Jan. 22nd, 2007 05:53 pm (UTC)

So cute.
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