My daughter Monica meets Wilbur…
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Pigs are curious and insightful animals thought to have intelligence beyond that of an average 3-year-old human child. They are smarter than dogs and every bit as friendly, loyal, and affectionate. Scientists and scholars who have studied pigs say that pigs are the smartest animals, outside of primates (and pigs even outclassed some primate species in some intellectual areas).
When in their natural surroundings, not on factory farms, they are social, playful, protective animals who bond with each other, make beds, relax in the sun, and cool off in the mud. When I see how pigs are treated on factory farms and hear about how they go insane from boredom and lack of stimulation, I just want to weep with sorrow. Of all the atrocities man inflicts on animals, the modern-day practice of placing pigs and other animals in confinement from birth to death, is among the worst. http://www.petatv.com/tvpopup/video.asp?video=pigs&Player=wm
Knowing this, I find visiting places where animals are well-cared for hopeful and enjoyable.
My young nephew, Beau Vermeer, from Holland, while visiting Ojai, meets a friendly pot-bellied pig.
This is the one I’d like to take home! She looks like my old pig Rosie, who has gone to Pig Heaven…
Beau’s mother,Shirley, makes friends with the pigs.
Story and more photos to come….
Photo Credit: Marcel Vermeer and Shirley Vermeer