The only time pigs raised in the meat industry get to see sunlight is on the transport truck to the slaughterhouse. This is all 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 at least one lucky pig will now know love and kindness after falling out of a transport truck onto a highway.

Thankfully, a highway repair worker spotted the pig and immediately brought him to Refuge RR, a non-profit organization located in Alexandria, Ontario that, “rescues, rehabilitates and provides permanent homes for animals,” You can really feel for him just by looking into his eyes… 

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From there, he was rushed to a local vet where it was decided he needed to go to the 24-hour emergency veterinary hospital. 

At the hospital it was evident right away he was in bad shape. He was given oxygen and IV fluids, had blood tests, ultrasounds, and x-rays done. 

After many vets and trauma specialists, the sweet little pig was diagnosed with pneumothorax, bleeding into his lungs and a fractured pelvis in two areas, a broken femur, as well as bleeding from his femur. The prognosis was not good.

Because of the bleeding, vets believed it’s possible he could have a blood clot and could die. The vets made him comfortable with pain relief and continued oxygen and IV in hopes he would pull through the night. 

 
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And we have promising news to share! Now named Newman, the pig made it through the night! His oxygen tube and IV line have been removed and Newman felt well enough to stand up and walk around his room, Refuge RR noted on their Facebook page. Go, Newman, go!

Once his lungs heal, Newman will need to have surgery to fix his broken femur and his pelvis will heal in time. As you can imagine, Newman’s medical bills are piling up, with Refuge RR predicting at least $5,000 in cost. Once destined to go to a slaughterhouse and end up on someone’s plate, Newman now has the second chance that many pigs don’t. If you are able to donate to Newman’s care and give him the life he deserves, you can donate here. Even just a dollar can go a long way!

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!

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Newman may have had a rough start in life, but it sounds like this piglet will have a bright future ahead of him!

To learn more about the wonderful work of Refuge RR and to stay up to date on Newman’s progress, visit their Facebook page.

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Image source: Refuge RR/Facebook