Tulip, our tenth rescue, was born on a factory farm in a huge agricultural area in NW Illinois. Tulip is 10 months old and is a traditional farm pig and a Meishan mix – a breed from China (read more about the breed and entry in the US). Currently, she is recovering at Purdue Large Animal Hospital from her spay surgery. She received a complete evaluation and her hooves were trimmed.
Tulip was taken away from her mother within the first week of her life, like all piglets born at a factory farm. Due to her slow growth, Tulip, along with 97 other piglets were sitting in buckets at the factory farm, waiting to be killed at just a few weeks old. The industry measures life by rate of monetary return.
Fortunately, a caring group of people stepped in and saved the piglets. Tulip then found a home with a loving caretaker. Unfortunately, Tulip was the only rescued piglet to survive. While Tulip was loved very much, she was living in the middle of a neighborhood and the neighbors began to complain regularly to the authorities. Additionally, there has been a movement to pass an ordinance to ban farm animals from living in back yards in her town. Recently, her long time goat companion was re-homed and she became very depressed. With all of this, her caretaker felt it was best for Tulip’s safety, as well as her physical and emotional well being, to reside at a farm animal sanctuary. Uplands PEAK was happy to respond.
It is our hope that Tulip and Lucy (a 7 month old pig resident) will become companions – they are both from Illinois after all. Lucy hasn’t really taken to the big pigs, so we think this could be the start of something great for them both.
By the time this is published, we will be on our way to pick Tulip up from Purdue and bring her home to PEAK for Christman. Please stay tuned in to Facebook and our website for updates on her arrival and progress.
We would like to give a special “Thank you” to Joni Romans and Sky Yeasery for helping with transport. Kelly Cramer and Tiffany Bright and family for helping with animal care and chores at the Sanctuary on those days. And of course a big “Thank you” to all of you reading this, your donations and time made it all possible.