updated 09/21/2011 AT 3:00 PM ET
•originally published 09/21/2011 AT 3:30 PM ET
She was the little pig that could.
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.”