Mehoopany Township, Wyoming County -- It was a special delivery Thursday afternoon at Indraloka Animal Sanctuary. Inside a trailer straight from Morristown, New Jersey was a 300 pound pig. The pig slowly made its way from the trailer to a barn on sanctuary ground. This wasn't supposed to be its destination back on December 23rd when fate suddenly stepped in along Interstate 80 in New Jersey. The pig was headed to slaughter with others when a trailing trucker saw the swine make a break for it from a delivery trailer.
The gate opened on the trailer that the pigs were in and this one came out and the two cars swerved around and missed him luckily," said trucker Paul Waller of Blairstown, NJ. He showed up to see the pig make it to its forever home.
Mr. Waller blocked traffic that fateful day with his own tractor trailer and kept a three hour vigil with the pig until it could be safely rescued from the highway. Animal rescuer and volunteer Mike Stura provided temporary care in New Jersey before arrangements were made to bring the pig to Wyoming County where it could live out the rest of its days. "About 127 million pigs a year end up going to the food industry. So one out of 127 million. You know, he should buy a lottery ticket," said Mr. Stura. Indraloka Animal Sanctuary Founder/Director Indra Lahiri added, "This pig is so brave and so smart and I hope that he'll be an ambassador for pigs everywhere so that people start thinking about what it was he was willing to jump into a busy highway to get away from."
For now, the rescued pig will have a stall all to itself but soon it will share its space with two other porker partners. He'll join Duncan and Nugget in a fenced-off pasture where he can do what pigs do. Volunteers are thrilled for the pig tagged #303 that was headed to market but now has a permanent home. "Just overwhelming happiness and it's really cool that I get to be here for the beginning and all the way through," said Indraloka Animal Sanctuary volunteer Chelsi Heinrich of Jessup.
The staff at the animal sanctuary decided to name the pig "Eddie Traffic". Ed is the middle name of the trucker who stopped to save the pig and traffic is where the pig made its leap of faith to freedom. You can learn more about helping any of the animals at the sanctuary by visiting www.indraloka.org.