Esther the Wonder Pig has become somewhat of a pop cultural icon, delighting many with her happy-go-lucky demeanor, sweet face, and silly antics. Anyone who has browsed the internet in recent years has likely seen photos and videos of this sweet pig, who was acquired by her guardians Derek Walter and Steve Jenkins when she was just a little piglet. Walter and Jenkins were misinformed that Esther was a so-called “mini pig” and would remain small into adulthood. However, this was not the case, and Esther grew and grew to be a massive full-sized pig. Rather than discarding her, though, as is the fate of many pigs wrongfully labeled as “mini”, these awesome pig dads decided to keep her as family and start an animal sanctuary in her honor.
Esther has been an inspiration for many and has instilled compassion for pigs across the globe. But, sadly, Esther is sick now, and her guardians are desperate to help this beloved member of their family! Recently Esther had a seizure and was rushed for care – however, the only place where Esther can receive the expert veterinary care she needs is at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, meaning she will have to cross the border from her home in Ontario, Canada.
Because of certain laws pertaining to livestock animals, Esther will be required to stay alone in quarantine for three weeks. In a Facebook post, Walter and Jenkins plea for help from the public in the form of signing a petition that would exempt Esther from staying alone in quarantine. Both men are willing to stay with Esther during this three week time to ensure her health does not decline further.
If you adore Esther as many of us do, please take a moment to sign the petition in support of leniency in Esther’s case and allow her guardians to watch over her in quarantine during this troubling time.
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