Animals are incredible emotional creatures. We know our cats and dogs crave affection and in the wild, elephants and lions have been shown to share intimate bonds with members of their herd. Yet many of us are surprised the first time we witness a sweet, simple sign of affection between farm animals – like the two pigs in the photo below. In spite of what we may think, pigs are highly social, intelligent creatures, just like our animal companions and animals who are free.
The sweet kiss between these two speaks volumes about how there’s more to these animals than what we’ve initially thought.
Laura, the pig on the left and her copper-colored friend Matilda, are both reside in Chilean farm sanctuary, Santuario Igualdad Interespecie. These two friends both arrived at the sanctuary as survivors of the meat industry. Matilda was a mere two weeks old when she escaped her fate. Her fate changed when a couple who had visited the pig farm was shocked by how the farmer was going to let a weak, sickly piglet like Matilda die simply because he could not profit off of her. They contacted the sanctuary and gave Matilda a second chance at life. Laura, on the other hand, is no stranger to One Green Planet. She’s been a real social butterfly ever since she was rescued from the meat industry, making friends with everyone from humans to kittens and birds.
Now that these two are living the sanctuary life, they can spend their days in peace, with plenty of time to play or simply chill out in the grass together. To learn more about their home at Santuario Igualdad Interspecie and their fellow sanctuary residents, visit their official website.
All image source: Santuario Igualdad Interspecie/Facebook