Piglet Who Fell From a Slaughterhouse Truck Will Become a Therapy Pig

Imagine you’re driving along an interstate when you see a piglet tumble out of a commercial truck that’s obviously on its way to a slaughterhouse.

Would you wave down the truck driver to alert him of his missing passenger? Of course you wouldn’t (at least I hope not) – and neither did the drivers who witnessed this exact scenario on busy I-44 in St. Louis, MO. They stopped, and one good Samaritan picked up the two-week-old piglet and contacted Randy’s Rescue Ranch, an animal sanctuary that opened less than a year ago in O’Fallon, IL.

The sanctuary’s owner, Randy Grim, also founded Stray Rescue of St. Louis 20 years ago. While that rescue mostly takes in abused and neglected dogs and cats, Randy’s Rescue Ranch is a sanctuary for horses and ranch animals, as well as a hospice for senior and special-needs dogs. Its website describes it as “a place of healing for both ranch animals and people who need healing and enrichment using progressive programs taught by the animals we all love.”

Grim told Fox2Now the stories of the larger animals taken in by the ranch are just as sad as those of some of the dogs at Stray Rescue. When these large animals “are raised with love and TLC and people that just love them and want them to have the best in life, they are just like dogs,” he said.

The piglet – an adorable Babe lookalike – has been named Pickles the Miracle Pig. She suffered a broken leg and road rash from her fall, but she’s recovering and growing fast. Grim told Fox2Now she’ll probably weigh 300 pounds by next February. He himself is recovering from a serious health issue: in February, he survived a thoracic aortic aneurism that is often fatal.

Not only did Pickles escape slaughter, but Grim said she’s going to be trained to become a therapy pig and help people who visit her at the ranch. In the planning stages are animal therapy programs that will help veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and children with special needs.

“You can’t save them all, but we got to save one piglet, and that’s pretty amazing,” Grim told Fox2Now.

Pickles is not the only pig whose life was spared after falling off a truck on the way to the slaughterhouse. In August 2017, Francesca McAndrews rescued Enzo, a piglet that was darting in and out of traffic on a busy street in Lancaster, PA. Like Pickles, lucky Enzo will never end up on anyone’s dinner plate. McAndrews, who lives on a large rural property, officially adopted the pig last year.

You can keep up with Pickles the Miracle Pig’s adventures on her Facebook page. To find out more about Grim’s rescue organizations and what you can do to help them, visit the Randy’s Rescue Ranch and Stray Rescue of St. Louis websites.

Photo credit: Pickles the miracle pig/Facebook

110 comments

Winn A
Winn Adams2 months ago

Good News!

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Leanne K
Leanne K2 months ago

Which reminds me... whenever anybody called my ex a pig, I would say Dont listen to them babe. Hehehe

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Leanne K
Leanne K2 months ago

Yet these stories just make me mourn the billions who dont get saved. Those poor babies, it fills me with terror.

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Naomi D
Naomi Dreyer2 months ago

Hurray! Cute photo.

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Dot A
Dot A2 months ago

BABE !!! love 'im!!! One day, our world will solve this circle of life food chain conundrum. What is inexcusable, is the inhumane treatment of the animals in that food chain. When I was a little girl, the animals on the farms seemed to live a fairly decent life until that awful day. Now, it seems that business has completely mechanized these creatures just for the factory of food. The root of all evils comes from the love of money. The profit line of greedy human minds is ruining the gentility of living. Being crass and badass seems to be how things 'get done' nowadays, and all sentimentality is judged as nonsense. It's never been an easy world for anyone, but, our human consciousness COULD do so much better than it is doing now. Hurray for the piglet that reminds me of the beloved movie: BABE!!!

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Kathlene Lentz
Kathlene Lentz2 months ago

So glad that this baby escaped! While I am not a vegetarian (Crohn's Disease and vegetables don't mix), I would really prefer to see my protein come from non-sentient sources.

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Madison I
Madison Idso2 months ago

I wish they could all be saved. Please look at your eating choices. Pigs don't deserve a life of mistreatment and then mercilessly murdered. There are plenty of healthy alternatives.

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Kathy G
Kathy G2 months ago

Thank you

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Kathy G
Kathy G2 months ago

Thank you

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silja s
silja salonen2 months ago

peace and kindness

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