Maple Farm Animal Sanctuary - Mendon MASS
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A pig with a personality as giant as he was! Jonathan was brought to us when he was only 4 months old in 2007. He was born out of boredom. A local family thought it would be fun to mate pigs and have their children see the piglets being born to be "entertained." Apparently no thought was made to what would happen after that event.

When the family called and asked for our help we immediately stepped in. We then noticed that Jonathan had a large hernia the size of a softball on his pelvis. A hernia occurs when the contents of a body cavity bulge out of the area in which they are normally contained. Jonathan had stopped eating, if you can imagine a pig not eating, drinking and urinating; he was in so much pain. Jonathan was rushed to a veterinary hospital and underwent hernia surgery.

Jonathan lived at MFS as happy as a pig should be for many years and grew to weigh more than 800 pounds. There were no words large enough to describe the personality of this lovable, jovial, spark of life Pig! Jonathan was known to be somewhat grumpy but loved getting scratches from his favorite volunteers and friends.

As he grew older, Jonathan developed age-related arthritis and began to have trouble getting around. We gave him special medications and supplements to keep him as healthy and happy as possible, and he sadly passed away in January 2019 at 12 years of age—two years past the lifespan of most pink farm pigs.

Below: Jonathan digs himself a mud bath and settles in.