around his eye sockets block his vision.
When Animal Control authorities called for help with a potbellied pig suffering severe neglect I did not hesitate to say yes to helping and welcoming Kirby.
Kirby was discovered living in half of a horse trailer. This 3x5 foot area was his prison for over 2 years!
He was overfed and his body ballooned to double what it should be. Kirby's healthy weight for his size should be about 145 lbs. He came to us weighing over 300 lbs!! This weight is on a body the size of a Cocker Spaniel and no doubt painful on his feet and joints making it difficult to walk.
Kirby has difficulty getting up and must be rolled gently to help position him up.
The greatest tragedy of Kirby's condition is that he is functionally blind. The density and volume of fat has closed off around his eyes. There is two inches deep of fat to open to see if he has eyes! His body was his prison of immobility and darkness. Imagine being confined, unable to move about and blind. Nothing to do all day.
Recovery will be slow and steady and worth all the effort! Kirby will lose weight and will see again. We will keep you updated.
To help with his severe depression and despair from neglect I immediately started his new life at Pigs Peace Sanctuary with random and frequent contact with an unexpected treat. It may be two grapes and thirty minutes later an apple slice. Twenty minutes later a tummy scratch. The list goes on. All day, every day something good is coming and Kirby doesn't know when.
When first to Pigs Peace Sanctuary I must wake him up with each contact. It may take 2,000 contacts of attention, maybe more before he is awake in anticipation for what is next.
Kirby will one day be the pig he was meant to be at Pigs Peace Sanctuary. Active with a healthy body and up early exploring the day with many pig friendships.