For the first few years of her life, Pippy the Vietnamese potbellied pig was as happy as … well, a pig in mud. She had a home with an older couple and the run of a large yard and was well cared for.
But as her guardians’ health began to decline, so did their care for Pippy, and soon she was spending her days confined to a screened porch with no access to the grass that she loved to roll and play in. Her hooves and teeth were overgrown, making it hard for her to walk and eat, and she wasn’t getting the companionship that she craved.
A friend of a PETA employee who lived in the area noticed that Pippy never left the porch and seemed despondent. She let PETA know, and when one of our Community Animal Project staffers visited Pippy’s guardians, the couple said that they had been looking for a better home for the pig and were happy to have our help.
A wonderful member with a farm in nearby Suffolk, Virginia, gladly took in sweet Pippy, who fit right in with the farm’s other rescued pigs, Sherlock and Barb. Pippy loves her new companions and her new home, where she has room to explore, plenty of mud puddles, and all the delicious oranges that she can eat.
Perhaps Pippy and Sherlock’s daily adventures will inspire a great novel … or at least inspire some folks to stop eating pigs.