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Meet Leon Trotsky: Piglet on Wheels

Meet Leon Trotsky: Piglet on Wheels

Editor’s note: This post is a Care2 Favorite. It was originally published on May 1, 2014. Enjoy!

Rescued by a kind hearted soul and brought to Edgar’s Mission farm animal sanctuary, Leon Trotsky is a piglet with more spunk and tenacity than most.

Taking on the world with his brand new set of wheels, Leon is trotting his way into the hearts of people all over the globe as they fall head over heels in love with his adorable character.

At just three weeks old, little Leon Trotsky has beaten the odds not once, but twice! Destined for the plate, Leon’s future didn’t look so bright, and when an accident claimed the life of two of his siblings, it seemed as though things weren’t going to get any better for this innocent little chap.

The accident which was caused by his injured mother falling on him, leaving Leon with a broken and dislocated femur, injured hock and ligament damage.

Sadly, for most piglets on commercial pig farms that suffer from similar injuries, their fate would be a blunt trauma to the head as this is the easiest and most cost effective way to address the problem because their life is considered worthless.

Luckily for Leon, he found his way to Edgar’s Mission sanctuary, where the incredible Pam Ahern and team assembled to give this courageous piglet the life he deserves. Ironically, it is Leon’s injury that saved him and will allow him to be known as someone and not something for the rest of his days.

After lots of visits to the vets and consultations with specialists, it became clear that both of Leon’s legs had been compromised by his injury, and that he was going to need some extra special assistance to get around and enjoy piggy life.

From the offset, it was obvious that working with the tiny and fragile frame of little Leon was going to prove challenging, as he was way too small for even the most miniature of carts.

With a lot of innovation and creativity, coupled with determination on Leon’s part, Edgar’s Mission was able to create this life altering wheelchair for their beloved new resident.

As you can see, Leon is settling in nicely to his new home and has made plenty of friends, including the beautiful Buttercup, who was found abandoned at a truck stop by travelers heading home from their Easter break.

If the above pictures weren’t enough to send you swooning, then get ready for your heart to explode when you watch this beautiful clip of Leon taking his new wheels for a spin. Prepare for cuteness overload at 1:45!

As Leon grows, he is going to need lots of special care and attention, but with his new friends by his side cheering him on every step of the way, this little piglet will surely have a wonderful life.

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9:40PM PST on Dec 7, 2014

Oh how adorable!!! :)
I love piggies!!!
Shared on my FB wall.

5:52PM PST on Dec 7, 2014

Thank God for Edgar's Mission Sanctuary for taking care of Leon and Buttercup and to all the other animal's in need.

1:23PM PST on Dec 7, 2014

sweet repeat

6:04AM PST on Dec 7, 2014

Why such a name?

4:50AM PST on Dec 7, 2014

what a sweet story..

1:23AM PST on Dec 7, 2014

Thank you for this story and the people at Edgar"s mission giving this piglet a great start in life

10:22PM PST on Dec 6, 2014

Thanks to Edgar's mission for saving Leon. When I was a very little girl, my paternal grandfather raised pigs, for food, of course. He let me play with a litter of piglets, and they were as cute and smart as puppies. I didn't know their destiny and I am glad I didn't.

8:30PM PST on Dec 6, 2014

Such driving assists are more and more animals a really cool thing! Where I lived about 10 years ago, there was a small terrier with its rolling hind legs flitted as if he never what others have done! And the good thing about it all is that one can construct such rolling aids with very little money. And the animals feel after a short adaptation time not affected at all! Realy just fantastic!!!

3:34AM PST on Dec 6, 2014

I wish there were many more places like Edgar's Mission. What beautiful hearts they all have. Leon is such an amazing little guy and a fighter too. I hope he lives a beautiful and happy life the way all animals deserve to.

9:30PM PST on Dec 5, 2014

Thanks to Edgar's Mission for all the great work you do

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