Erica and her two siblings, Isaac and Brandi, were rescued from a terrible neglect case along with dozens of other animals in upstate New York. These three adolescent pigs were found confined in a concrete paddock without grass, shade, or water. More than fifty animals were found dead on arrival. The surviving farmed animals suffered from the effects of long-term malnutrition, hoof and dental problems, sunburn injuries, and parasites while being housed in improper, unhygienic and dangerous pens. Due to debris, large amounts of waste material, lack of shelter and potable water. Fortunately, the three survived and are able to live out their lives as a family at PEAK. We welcomed them to PEAK in November 2013.Their breed is Gloucestershire Old Spots—known for their docility and intelligence.

Erica is kind of the “mother” and protector of the herd, hence her nickname “Big Mama”. When Andy and Annie were little they loved to snuggle up and climb on her. Erica LOVES human affection! She has a small copper spot on her back, if you rub that spot, she is definitely dropping for a belly-rub.

Erica has had four surgeries and because of that, spent quite a bit of her life on pen rest recovering. Luckily, when we took her to Purdue Large Animal Hospital shortly after her arrival in 2013, they figured out she was allergic to the sutures that had been used in her second surgery. Since healing from that last surgery, Erica has lost weight, and become a strong and healthy girl.