A special-needs pig just three weeks old has been flown to New Bolton Center at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine in Kennett Square for treatment, writes John Crane for The Danville (Va.) Register & Bee.
Hope, a female pig, was born with deformed rear legs. The veterinary staff at the New Bolton Center will determine if there is anything they can do to help her.
“The pig will undergo a thorough examination,” said Jennifer Miller, who flew the pig to Kennett Square from Virginia.
Hope was set to be euthanized before someone reached out to Ziggy’s Refuge Farm Sanctuary in North Carolina. The sanctuary took her in, and whether she can be helped or not, she will now live there.
However, getting her treatment as soon as possible was crucial.
“We’ve got to get moving on things surgically before they (her legs) start really growing,” said Kristin Hartness, executive director at Ziggy’s.
She sent her to New Bolton because local veterinarians would not be able to perform the necessary procedures.
“We’re hoping that maybe there is something surgical they can do that might give her mobility,” she said.
Read more about the special-needs pig in The Danville (Va.) Register & Bee here.