Resilient Piglet Survives Flooding and Finds Sanctuary
09/21/2011 AT 03:30 PM EDT
When Hurricane Irene caused severe flooding in upstate New York last month, one would-be casualty of the rains was spotted trying to get out of a fast-moving creek and onto higher ground. Luckily, that higher ground was wildlife rehabilitator Betty Benjamin, who rushed to help the baby pig, who was shivering and purple from the cold.
"This little one displayed so much will to live," Benjamin said. "We knew she deserved to go to a place where she could be free from fear and harm."
Benjamin massaged the piglet, since named Jane, revived her, and eventually brought her to Farm Sanctuary's Watkins Glen, N.Y., shelter, where she'll be cared for from now on. There, Jane will be able to act as an ambassador for farm animals (and she'll grow to weigh hundreds more pounds than she does now).
"When natural disasters strike, farm animals are generally the largest population of victims," Susie Coston, Farm Sanctuary's national shelter director, said in a release. "Because they are viewed as production units by the food industry, instead of as intelligent and emotional individuals, their suffering is typically ignored."