When Steve Jenkins adopted his pet pig Esther, famously recognized as Esther the Ponder Pig on social media, he experienced no thought she would improve his lifestyle without end.
Esther’s adoption story started when a good friend of Jenkins’ messaged him on Facebook inquiring if he was intrigued in adopting a mini pig. He failed to know *pretty* what they had been in for when he agreed, but Jenkins brought dwelling Esther the next day.
Jenkins and his companion, Derek Walter, took her in and quickly grew to become connected to the compact pink piglet. When they took her to her to start with veterinary appointment a several months later, they instructed the vet what they realized about the sweet tiny piggy—that she was a mini piglet anticipated to increase up to 70 lbs.
Turns out, there wasn’t anything ‘mini’ about Esther. Her vet instructed Jenkins that she likely arrived from a industrial farm and experienced the potential to expand up to 800 pounds!
“[The vet] turned Esther all around and confirmed me her small tail and he explained, ‘Nobody that breeds pigs for pets would at any time reduce off a pig’s tail,'” Jenkins tells Everyday Paws.
“At that place, we had her for a few weeks. We had fallen in love with her. We knew we ended up retaining her,” Jenkins states.
Jenkins and Walter understood they could not care for Esther at their residence if she was likely to increase into an animal the measurement of a male grizzly bear. So to preserve up with their growing pig (who now ideas the scale at an outstanding 595 lbs .), the couple decided to shift to a farm, where by they could give Esther the place she desired and even undertake other animals in will need of a household. To do so, they started off a fundraiser—and it raised $440,000 in just 60 times.
Because of the fundraiser, the few had been equipped to start Fortunately At any time Esther Farm Sanctuary with the mission of rescuing abused, neglected and abandoned farm animals. Jenkins tells Daily Paws the farm at present homes all-around 100 animals—pigs, chickens, goats, cows, horses, donkeys and even peacocks—all with the intent of supplying them a far better everyday living.
“We are hoping to create a connection with animals that people never commonly get to know,” Jenkins tells Day by day Paws. “It is really supplying a identify and a facial area and a temperament to these animals.”
On line, Esther does just that. As the face of the sanctuary and their mission, her Instagram account showcases her lifetime as a pet pig—and how it is really not all as well distinctive than one of a common canine or cat. The sweet piggy patiently waits for table scraps to fall, fortunately will take in excess of the complete couch, and even attire in silly costumes just like the relaxation of our canine.
With over 1.5 million Facebook followers, Jenkins hopes Esther and her social media stardom conjures up other folks to check out all farm animals in a diverse mild. “I experience like Esther is far more human than any other animal I’ve experienced the privilege of having to know…We’re just pretty blessed to be ready to devote time with her,” he says.