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Penny’s story starts like millions of other pigs destined for slaughter, but thankfully, has a happier ending. Sadly, the only time pigs raised in the meat industry get to see sunlight is in the transport truck to the slaughterhouse, after spending their entire lives in a crate that doesn’t even allow them the opportunity to turn around. It’s a horrific existence, but Penny is one of the lucky ones that will now know love and kindness after falling out of a transport truck.

When Penny just a baby, small enough to fit in hand, she traumatically fell off a transport truck on a busy interstate. Miraculously, a kind person stopped to pick the little one up and immediately brought Penny to a friend who was versed in caring for animals. Penny was gently raised by a woman who did everything for her, but she knew the piglet would have to find a new home since she was continuing to grow.

Now, Penny spends her days at The Gentle Barn in Missouri and has even made friends with one of the cows at the sanctuary! The Gentle Barn is committed to cherishing Penny for the rest of her days and will continue to tell her story to inspire others. 


Way to go, Penny! Unfortunately, pigs often get a bad reputation as being dirty, stupid animals but in reality, they are incredibly intelligent and emotional beings. Scientists have determined that not only are pigs smart, but they are smarter than dogs, some primates, and three-year-old children. They are ranked as the fourth most intelligent creature on earth!

The Gentle Barn is a unique animal rescue that it takes in mostly unwanted and difficult to place animals. The organization currently has animal sanctuaries in California, Tennessee, and Missouri and has a noble goal of opening up animal sanctuaries in every state to not only help animals but to serve communities across the country. You can visit the Gentle Barn website for information on how you can get involved!

Image Source: The Gentle Barn/Facebook 

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