Heartwood Haven Pigs
Who doesn’t love pigs and piglets? Pigs are known to be smart, social, they like to play, and they have good long-term memories. Our animal sanctuary’s first rescued pigs came to Heartwood Haven in January 2018.
Wanda is the most precious baby girl piglet who has ever walked this earth. She loves food and taking naps on her brothers Yoshi and Koopa. She loves apples, sweet potatoes, bananas, rice and beans, carrots and cabbage. Actually it would be faster to name the foods that they do not like: green beans, lemons and onions.
Yoshi runs the show around here. Notice that he is quite a bit older than Wanda and that is because they are from different litters. We are not sure why they are completely different colors. The piglets came to Heartwood Haven after being rescued from a neglectful situation where the parents were never spayed or neutered and kept having litter after litter. Yoshi and his brother have both been neutered now.
Koopa and his brother look so much alike; how do we tell the difference? Koopa has a little pink heart on his nose and his right foot is pink. The boys came to us very scared of humans, but that is slowly changing. All the three pigs now wag their tails when we are around, because they are learning to trust us, and food is definitely the way to their hearts.
You can see the intelligence and kindness in her eyes. Ethel is our friend and she has many likes and dislikes just as any sentient being would. Dislikes: Brussel Sprouts. Likes: Tomatoes, Cantaloupes, Mangos, and teaming up with Lucy to flip their water trough in order to make a bigger mud hole.
Lucy has developed a special bond with us because she knows we bring the best snacks. When Lucy first arrived we could see all the vertebrae along her spine. In order to help her gain weight we’ve been feeding her separately from her companion, Ethel. Now, learning how to separate these two big girls at meal time has been a mental challenge for the humans. Pigs are smart and they learn your tricks quick but Lucy is in on our game now and she has learned to play along with us. Lucy’s body is finally healing and she now knows the comfort of food and a safe family.
Hamlet is living it up! Far too many animals lose their lives. As we spend the everyday celebrating the animals of Heartwood Haven, our days are enhanced by celebrating them as individuals. As the sanctuary has grown we’ve had the opportunity to care for and get to know a variety of animals. Each with their own unique personalities but all with the same desire for love, friendship, affection, and respect. The time has come to have compassion for all animals.
Tyson enjoys the morning sun. Wanda and Tyson have become fast friends as they are both members of the little pig club. He has a killer mohawk that we hope to capture in a photo soon. He’s branching out a little from his bud Hamlet but you can still find them snuggled close together at night. Tyson’s favorite activity is getting belly scratches, he gladly flops over on his side for anyone willing to spoil him.