PIG TALE: A rescue story sure to make you squeal with delight
A kind-hearted woman has saved a piglet named Mango from a lonely death at the edge of Highway 417 east of Ottawa.
The rescue nearly didn’t happen. Dr. Lara Elizabeth Cohen of the Aylmer Veterinary Clinic in Gatineau explained on a fundraising page how a woman named Julia drove past the injured pig last Monday and almost didn’t notice him.
“She caught a glimpse of what she thought was a paper bag on the highway. She passed it quickly but could not get the image out of her mind,” Cohen wrote.
“About 5 minutes out, she realized that what she had thought was a paper bag, was actually a baby pig, lying on the side of the highway. He was clearly injured. She quickly turned around and ten minutes later, arrived to find a small piglet lying shivering and bloody on the ground.”
Julia, the woman who found him, named him Hamlet at first. The vets vetoed this (too meat-like) and renamed him after he fell asleep with a piece of mango dangling out of his mouth.
“He’s doing phenomenally well,” Cohen said Monday. “He sleeps a lot, which is part of recovery for sure, but it’s also part of being a baby.
“He seems quite comfortable. We have been able to discontinue the harder pain medications and he is good on an anti-inflammatory.” He can’t put weight on the injured leg yet. But being a baby is on his side because his body is primed to build new bones and cells quickly.
“He is on rest for four to six weeks in a small cage and then we are going to open up the area he is allowed to walk about in,” she said.
“He is very playful. He loves his belly scratched. He loves to interact with people. The funny thing that we learned is that like a dog, he wags his tail when he’s happy. It is the cutest thing ever!
“When you feed him a meal that he is excited about he will wag his tail. So he’s very much like a dog.”
He is also house-trained, using a litter box.
The clinic has found a foster home for the near term, but will need someone to take him in the long term. “This will be a place where he can roam freely, burrow in the soil and be amongst other farm and domestic animals, enjoying the care and respect of humans who understand the value of all creatures — large and small — regardless of what this earth has deemed to be their destiny,” Cohen wrote.
She cautions that Mango will some day be very large. He is not a miniature pig.
As of 10 p.m. Monday, the campaign had raised $5,920 of the estimated $7,000 needed for surgery and follow-up care.
Story/photos: Credit Ottawa Sun Post Media