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This Couple Thought They Adopted A Mini-Pig, But It Grew Up Into 670 Pounds Of Cuteness
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This Couple Thought They Adopted A Mini-Pig, But It Grew Up Into 670 Pounds Of Cuteness

Life can sometimes give you a blessing in disguise! When Steve Jenkins and Derek Walter in Canada adopted Esther the pig, they thought she was a pygmy piglet. Two years and 667 lbs later, their “tiny piglet” turned out to be a full-size commercial pig, but the love and friendship that they experienced from Esther had already changed their lives for the better.

When they realized how intelligent and friendly Esther was (pigs are as smart as dogs, and considered by many to be cleaner animals), they couldn’t stomach the idea that they were eating other pigs that were just as smart and friendly, so they became vegans. They were so deeply affected by their life with Esther, in fact, that they were inspired to devote their loves to building an animal shelter.

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When Steve and Derek adopted Esther, she weighed just 3 pounds

Two years later, this little piggy weighs in at 670 pounds!

The couple decided to keep her anyway…

… and it was the best decision ever!

Esther gets along with her flatmates just fine

Here they are playing together

When Steve and Derek saw how friendly and smart pigs could get, they stopped eating meat

The two dads became vegans and decided to dedicate their lives to opening an animal sanctuary

They raised $440,225 on Indiegogo to get started!

Their story certainly is beautiful and inspiring…

…but they say that raising a pig is not for everyone

It can be really tiring!

Esther requires a LOT of food and attention

This little piggie has become a regular part of the family

Esther has touched her two dads’ hearts and, hopefully, she’ll touch your heart too!

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ColinLee
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Had 600pigs & some full of personality others genius. Some were downright charming. Their environment is a major factor of their behaviour.

CJWillis
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yep, and this is probably the cleanest normal pig in the history :D http://softchamp.com/news/top-10-google-searches-2014/

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RebeccaPeluso
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wonderful story, proud of them for going vegan!! Esther, the racoon, cat and dogs are very fortunate to have KIND humans around them.

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ColinLee
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Had 600pigs & some full of personality others genius. Some were downright charming. Their environment is a major factor of their behaviour.

CJWillis
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yep, and this is probably the cleanest normal pig in the history :D http://softchamp.com/news/top-10-google-searches-2014/

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RebeccaPeluso
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wonderful story, proud of them for going vegan!! Esther, the racoon, cat and dogs are very fortunate to have KIND humans around them.

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