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Pig Being Sold For His Meat Was Bought For $60, But For A Much Better Reason

A three-week-old Hampshire pig was confined to a tiny, filthy cage at a garden shop in Gloucester, Australia. He was squealing for help as he sat in his cage and awaited his fate of being sold for his meat. A woman who saw the poor pig took a picture and sent it to her mom, Hope Sutton. Sutton and her partner, Giuliana Vega, drove to the shop immediately to see the pig in person.

Hope Sutton

Hope Sutton

“He was so distressed,” Sutton told The Dodo. “A lady was at his cage with her hand on the wire, asking him if he could smell the baking pan. We asked if we could take him out of his cage, and we held him to calm him down.”

Hope Sutton

Hope Sutton

Sutton and Vega knew they couldn’t leave this poor pig here to die. Without hesitation, they bought the pig for $60 and took him home. They named him Sunday after the day his new life began. They had never raised a pig before, but they learned fairly quickly.

Hope Sutton

Hope Sutton

Hope Sutton

Hope Sutton

After spending time with Sunday and getting him acclimated to his new life, his cute little personality started to break through. He loved playing in the mud, running around the yard, and swimming in his little pool.

Hope Sutton

Hope Sutton

Hope Sutton

Hope Sutton

As time passed, Sunday grew bigger and bigger. He began to outgrow the yard, so Sutton and Vega would take him across the street to the park so he would have more space to run around. Since the street was too hot for his hooves, they’d carry him. It was when they were at the park that they found out that pigs weren’t allowed in residential areas there.

Hope Sutton

Hope Sutton

Hope Sutton

Hope Sutton

Eventually, Sunday grew so big that he was too heavy to lift. Instead of carrying him across the street, they bought a station wagon equipped with a ramp for Sunday. They knew it was a real possibility that Sunday could be taken away from them, and that is a reality that they never wanted to come true.

Hope Sutton

Hope Sutton

Hope Sutton

Hope Sutton

So, instead of putting him up for adoption like many people would, Sutton and Vega knew exactly what they needed to do. They moved to a country farmhouse outside of Gloucester to better accommodate Sunday. “It “as a lot of work and financially straining to move,” Sutton told The Dodo, “but Sunday had a home where he could be free, and that was important to us.”

Hope Sutton

Hope Sutton

Sunday is now enjoying his new life at the farm. He has come a long way from the filthy little cage that he was stuck in. Now he has a loving family and gets to be free and live a long and happy life! You can follow Sunday’s adventures on his Facebook page.

Hope Sutton

Hope Sutton

Pigs are cute but they aren’t for everyone. Many people buy pigs to keep as pets thinking they are “micro” and will stay tiny. The pigs that are advertised as micro or mini, realistically grow to be upwards of 200-300 pounds. Make sure you do your research before buying a pig, or any animal!

Hope Sutton

Hope Sutton

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