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Rock star pig rescue

July
23

The joy of being in this is business is you never know what’s going to come across the transom on any given day. Today’s gift was this story about Kim Gordon, a 6-week-old piglet. I got this from the New York Shelter Farm Sanctuary based in Watkins Glen, NY.
It seems this fragile little piglet fell off the back of a transport truck in South Dakota in mid-July, and no one noticed, or cared or went back for her — that is, until Lanore Hahn and her rock ‘n’ roll boyfriend’s concert tour took an unexpected turn. Thanks to Hahn, late last night the tiny piglet, named “Kim Gordon” in honor of the legendary Sonic Youth vocalist and bass player, arrived to a rock star’s reception at her new home at the sanctuary, a farm animal protection organization. Here’s Kim Gordon!

So, Hahn had been on the road for a long time touring with her boyfriend’s band (whose signature image, which she designed, and appears on all of their CDs, posters and shirts, is coincidentally a pig) when they strayed off course onto a backcountry highway on their way back to Wisconsin and spotted the little piglet running around in the middle of the road in Mitchell, S.D. Confused to see a piglet all alone in the middle of prairieland, with no buildings or farmhouses around, they stopped the car and attempted to catch her. Once she was caught, the compassionate couple placed the baby animal in their vehicle, where she promptly fell into a 10-hour deep sleep.

While the piglet slept, the couple attempted to locate the origins of the exhausted animal. They spoke with people from three different farms farther down the highway, all of whom informed them that there were no pig facilities in the area and they didn’t know where the piglet could have come from. Perplexed even further at this point, Hahn phoned the local animal control authority, which sent an officer to speak with her. Given the condition of the piglet, who had a severe sunburn over many of the exposed parts of her body and painful road rash on her belly, chin, and back, the animal control officer was the first to surmise that she had fallen off the back of a transport truck. The officer then informed Hahn that if she handed the baby pig over to authorities, they would most likely shoot the animal. At that moment, Hahn knew she had no other choice but to bring the piglet back with her to Wisconsin.

Back at home, Lanore did everything she could for her new friend — gradually introducing her to more solid foods, treating her wounds with antiseptic lotion daily, and giving her some much-needed T.L.C. While the piglet’s health remains somewhat shaky, she has been improving steadily.

“Her future looks bright: she is well on her way to recovery and will become an ambassador for other factory farm pigs who suffer every day in hot, overcrowded transport trucks on their way to finishing facilities and slaughterhouses across the country,” said the Farm Sanctuary’s national shelter director, Susie Coston. “Her life on the road is over, but here, she will always be a rock star.”

Kim Gordon the piglet joins other famous rescued pigs at the New York Shelter who came to Farm Sanctuary under similar circumstances — including Truffles and Terrin, both found wandering interstate highways after falling off transport trucks in Indiana and Ohio respectively.

From me: Congrats little piggie! Long may you oink!

This entry was posted on Friday, July 23rd, 2010 at 4:27 pm by Laurel Babcock. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.
Category: Animal care, Animal laws, Animal rescue, Animal safety, piglet, Pigs

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For most animal lovers, pets are members of the family. They carry around pictures in their wallets and schedule vacations with pets in mind. This blog takes a look into the world of a pet owner: the good, the bad and the just plain obsessive.









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Laurel Babcock is the Community Life editor for The Journal News, Express Publications and LoHud.com. She grew up with a beloved mutt and was surrounded by dogs into young adulthood. She liked cats enough, but didn't really think of them as true pets. That changed when her brother brought an abandoned 4-week-old kitty into the family, dooming us all. Laurel currently serves as staff for two completely adored cats, Stanley and Cup, both girls.


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