It’s Babe in Al­berta: Piggy’s great es­cape

Clever swine stows away in back of truck, avoids slaugh­ter

Metro Canada (Calgary) - - YOUR ESSENTIAL DAILY NEWS - Helen Pike metro | Cal­gary

It’s a res­cue that went off with­out a hitch, or a squeal.

Some­one missed one de­tail af­ter a de­liv­ery of pigs was com­pleted and the driver only re­al­ized miles away from the slaugh­ter house in West­ern Canada: a lit­tle piggy had stowed him­self away in the back of his truck.

That’s when Les­lie Gould and her best friend Danni Bauer came in with a bor­rowed truck, driv­ing hun­dreds of kilo­me­tres north of Cal­gary to see a man about a pig.

It was ini­tially a Face­book post that spurred ac­tion. Gould saw it im­me­di­ately, a pig that needed help, and asked the Alice Sanc­tu­ary, where she vol­un­teers, if they had space for an­other pig.

They did, so the crew hit the road.

The driver needed to clean out his truck be­tween de­liv­er­ies, and couldn’t keep the pig around be­cause he had to pick up an­other load.

It’s quite the puzzle try­ing to fig­ure out how the pig, who Bauer named Wen­dell, stowed away.

They met the driver in a Coop park­ing lot and were ready for a fight to get the an­i­mal, which Gould said would have been stand­ing on his feet for count­less hours, into their truck.

But it went pretty smoothly, and Wen­dell was headed for the Alice Sanc­tu­ary, ly­ing down in their truck bed for the first time in days.

He told them that he was will­ing to buy the four- to six-mon­thold pig from the farmer, and wanted up­dates on its well-be­ing; he’d be­come quite at­tached.

Gould gets emo­tional when she talks about why she and her friend were will­ing to take the trip for a pig.

“The thought of him wait­ing on this truck, to his death one way or an­other, is just too much,” Gould said.

“Just the fact that he es­caped death lit­er­ally…I think it’s re­ally im­por­tant for peo­ple to hear his story.”

Helen Pike/metro

Wen­dell the pig poses with res­cuers Les­lie Gould (left) and Danni Bauer at The Alice Sanc­tu­ary.

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