Farm Sanctuary is a non-profit animal rescue and sanctuary dedicated to saving farm animals and providing them forever homes in locations in California and New York. They recently came to the rescue of six pigs on an island off the Central Coast of California.

These pigs are the descendants of those left there to keep the vegetation under control.  The pigs were expected to chew on plants in a way similar to goats, but when they did not, they were simply abandoned and left to fend for themselves. Although they have been born and raised in the wild, they are somewhat accustomed to humans, as they have been kept alive by a kind animal advocate who feeds them regularly.

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After news got out about these pigs, many people have gone out of their way to visit this “pig island,” and some have even gone so far as to ride on the backs of these pigs and feed beer to them. There is reason to believe that one pig was even killed and eaten by visitors!

A rescuer from Farm Sanctuary described the pigs as being malnourished and thin, which could be caused by a number of reasons, including disease and parasites. One is also suspected to be pregnant.

It was no easy task to load these pigs onto the rescue boat, and after two long days and help from several generous people, the rescue was successful!

These pigs will now undergo veterinary treatment before they retire to a sanctuary. If you are able, please consider making a donation to Farm Sanctuary to help these pigs on their road to recovery. And please share this with friends and family!

If you would like to learn more about Farm Sanctuary, please visit their Facebook page, where you can watch videos of this incredible rescue.

Image Source: Farm Sanctuary / farmsanctuary.org