Success Stories

A Piglet Named Pocket

Egu - being fed by Abby
Pocket In His Pen at IAR
Egu - with a collar
A Ray Of Hope
One of the lovely things about life in Goa is that the domestic and farm type animals are in main entirely free-range. It's quite normal to encounter cows, buffalo, goats and pigs just roaming where they please having a very sociable and entirely more natural way of life than most people from the western world are accustomed to seeing. It's quite charming to share the roads, markets and even the towns with animals just wandering around foraging for food and something of interest to occupy their day.

But there's sometimes a penalty to pay for this freedom and Pocket's mother became one such casualty. She was killed in a road accident and it's not sure what became of his brothers and sisters, but Pocket had stayed close to his dead mum. Mercifully someone thought to bring him to IAR, he was just too tiny to be all alone and fending for himself.

Luckily for him, the terrified but otherwise healthy piglet was taken into the care of IAR, he was given a safe pen and some clean old clothes to snuggle into. But he was still shivering and scared and found sanctuary by burrowing into the pocket of some trousers and just hid in there, only coming out for food. The staff and volunteers took turns in sitting with him and encouraging him to relax and feed after the awful trauma he'd suffered. But if Pocket were to have a real chance we knew he'd need a special person to care for him and bring back his confidence and joy of life.

Then, as often happens in similar situations at IAR, a solution presented itself. A visitor who'd brought her pet dog to the out patient's clinic was introduced to Pocket. The lady was so enchanted by the little pig and moved by his sorry plight, she came up with an idea. Her friend has a restaurant , (of course strictly vegetarian),where there are always plenty of excess vegetables and fruit, and lots of other lovely things for a growing young pig to munch on, and also a secure place where Pocket could live safely.

So this little orphaned piglet, with help from IAR , not only found a loving home but also a great career, as a live waste disposal unit....Pocket truly landed on his trotters :o)