The story begins with an e-mail that I got from a young man. This young man had been breeding skinny pigs for his grandparents farm petting zoo. He was unhappy with the conditions of the skinny pigs and had been directed to me. He wanted them to retire to a good place where they would be cared for.
I concocted a scheme. I then made plans to go and pick them all up. This was in February 2011. We went that weekend on a long trip to York, PA. Road conditions were terrible. We made it to my sister’s home outside of Harrisburg. We waited the night and the next morning set out to pick them up. What we saw was so shocking. We have seen many horrible things doing this. This was by far the worst of it. Here in a basement covered with a tarp and under a heat lamp, was a wire bottomed cage full of skinny pigs. They were covered in this awful skin condition. At first, I thought it was burns from the heat lamp. We found out later it was ring worm. My attention first went to Felix. Somehow I knew right away he was to blame for all of this. That studly boar had a harem. Then we saw how very small the 1 week old babies were and poor Sylfrena. That skinny pig looked like she had the skin of an elephant!
The grandmother picked up very pregnant Medea in a way that made Drew lurch and grab her from the woman. He held her lovingly while we gathered everyone in bins. The grandfather questioned why we were not going to breed them. I explained nicely and he rolled his eyes at me and said “There is not money in that”. The conditions of the other animals was awful. I made reports to both MD and PA departments of agriculture. Nothing. So off we went getting them safely home. This is a 5 hour trip. On the way home, I had Drew sit in the back with them as I drove. Now, we get home and not five minutes later, Medea is giving birth to babies Uno(now Rose), Deuce(Now Agnes) and Midger(Now Lily). I will end here with some pictures of that first day. They are repeats of the thread in placement.
I said I wanted in on helping and maybe adopting. I have adopted numerous hamsters from another friend who is friends with Lando and I helped with another rescue of 30+ pigs during a middle of the night rendezvous!!!
I am sooo glad these babies are all in great hands now!!
I have to say these naked babies are the smartest I have ever seen. They picked upon their names really quick. All three (and Marnie) will look at me when I call them. Agnes and Marnie even come over to the front of the cage until they realize I have nothing for them then off they go!!
Teagan is my baby. She is very petite and calm. She will just snuggle up and fall asleep within minutes. Sas and Agnes scream til I let them down!