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


Janet B
Janet B6 hours ago


Jeff I
Jeff I9 hours ago

Free them all!

Morgan Idso
Morgan Idso10 hours ago

I wish all the pigs could be saved. Think about your food choices worth it?

Laura K
Laura K14 hours ago


Sheila Miller
Sheila Miller22 hours ago

I am so happy for "Pickles" and for the people that were kind enough to take the piglet to a sanctuary. I wish there were no more slaughter houses and animals could live freely. It is nice being a vegetarian.

Clare O'Beara
Clare O'Beara23 hours ago


Clare O'Beara
Clare O'Beara23 hours ago


christine s
christine syesterday

Absolutely fantastic ---made me cry as I just wish all animals could be safe and sound and away from blood thirsty ,cruel and greedy humans.

Dawn M
Dawn Myesterday

That's wonderful:)

Naomi D
Naomi Dreyeryesterday