We recently received phone calls about two pigs wandering beside a heavily trafficked road. The callers were worried about the pigs’ safety. I went to look for them, but I couldn’t find them. As darkness fell, I felt discouraged.
Then I got lucky. Just as I was about to leave, I met two hikers who told me they had seen the pigs bedded down for the night about a half mile from the road.
Early the next morning Joy Gomez, our head caretaker, and I went to the place where the hikers had seen the pigs. We found the pigs, and they soon woke up. They were friendly to us and eagerly drank the water and ate the food we brought them.
We wanted to take them to our sanctuary, where they would be safe, and we tried to lure them into our Honda Element with a bit more food. But the ramp was too steep for them to climb. My wife, Ellen, then arranged for the Morrissey Pullman horse transport to bring a truck with a wider ramp. With apples as encouragement, the pigs went right into the truck, which took them to our sanctuary.
We don’t know how the pigs got to the busy road. But they are happy at our sanctuary, where they will live out their natural lives. The staff has named them Thelma and Louise.
We have made a 3 minute, 23 second video about the rescue. The link is: https://youtu.be/qOsvGSVGsGU
Safe Haven Farm Sanctuary is in Poughquag, NY. Our website is www.safehavenfarmsanctuary.org