Introducing and welcoming Prudence the pig to Big Ears. Prudence sailed in on the 25th August 2015 on the ferry from Flinders Island. She has previously been a breeding sow with all of her children taken away to market. Her owner grew attached to Prudence and with her humans failing health, she tried locally to find her a new home but was unsuccessful.
The owner contacted Big Ears almost 8 months ago. As we had to rely on the tides as to when the ferry could come in, and Prudence’s willingness (or lack of) to hop in her float, it has taken a few goes to get Prudence here.
So here she is, she has moved in with Fonzy, Cinny and Piglet and so far they are still sorting things out.
Miss Claudine’s Class – expires 26/08/2017
Princess and Queenie (RIP)
Princess and Queenie (RIP)
In 2008 we received two large old sows from the RSPCA. Their owner had died and the family didn’t want them. We named them Princess and Queenie and they enjoyed nothing more than to lie in the sun until feed time. Both Queenie and Princess passed away in 2009.
Tibby, arrived at the Sanctuary 2009. Passed away 19/2/12.
Applesauce is one of 2 pigs that were rescued from a hoarder situation. They were both very thin and fearful when they first arrived. Now 4 years on they have both blossomed into beautiful girls, who love their food and their piggy friends. They are a bit reluctant with humans but once you start to rub their tummies they drop to the ground and can’t help but enjoy the human contact.
Trixie the pig is approximately 9 years old and had been destined for the freezer. Luckily for Trixie, she and her brother Seymour have called Big Ears their forever home for 9 years.
Trixie passed away on the 29th June 2017.
Frankie was originally found on the side of a road with teeth punture marks in him. He was only a couple of days old. The person who found him took him to our vet who then contacted us and asked if we could provide a forever home for him.
Frankie lived in our spare bedroom and was bottle fed every few hours. We noticed he had his tail cut off and eye teeth removed which made us think he probably came from a factory farm. The farmers remove their tails and teeth without anasthetic and do so to stop the pigs from biting each other because they live in such confined spaces and because they get bored easily. Pigs are highly intelligent animals and studies have shown they are able to perform problem solving activities better than a 3 year old child and that they are smarter than pet dogs.
Frankie is now 3 years old and has had some health issues. As a baby he had about 3 incidents of prolapsed bowel and later as an adult he grew a massive lump off his foot which left him lame. After vet treatment Frankie is able to move about much easier now.