Gertie, a two-year-old pot-bellied pig is the beloved pet of Sally Smith. Smith, who recently took in foster kittens, was unsure of how Gertie would react. Gertie has never had piglets of her own, but seemed to instantly understand the delicate nature of kittens when introduced to them. Gertie has now been around many sets of foster kittens and loves each and every one that comes into her home.
Smith said, “Gertie loves my foster kittens. She pretends like she’s their mom. I don’t know where she got that from. She just did it from the very first day that we got her, she lays down and pretends to nurse them. She’s so gentle with them, she just loves them like they’re her own.”
Gerty’s job is to love and care for the kittens, giving them a maternal figure to cling to. As the kittens get older, Gertie’s job often turns into professional nanny as she watches and carefully herds them around, keeping them from getting into too much trouble.
Gertie was born at a therapy farm called Dragonfly Haven Therapeutic Farm where Smith adopted her from.
Smith said, “She was born on the farm, so from the time she was born, probably a couple days old. She had people visiting and petting her and snuggling her, so she took on the same personality as her parents who are very calm. She was socialized at such a young age that she just is the most calm, sweetest creature ever. I’ve always loved animals, so I’ve always wanted a pot-bellied pig. I just didn’t know that Gertie would love the animals as much as I love the animals, so it worked out perfectly for both of us.”
Though she is an unlikely foster mom to kittens, Gertie loves to take care of her furry babies and makes an excellent foster mom for any orphaned kittens.
While this is an adorable story and Gertie is obviously very taken care of, it’s so important to never buy a teacup or miniature pig. It contributes to the cruel breeding industry and many people aren’t prepared to take care of a pig that grows much larger than what they were told. If you want and are able to provide a suitable and loving home for a pig, there are some sanctuaries and rescues that will let responsible individuals adopt rescued pigs and other animals. You can also just visit a local farm sanctuary!
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