The love between a mother and her child is undoubtedly the most powerful force on Earth. When it comes to their little ones, mothers go above and beyond to protect them. But the way this future-to-be-mom decided to protect her unborn children is hard to see. In an unprecedented story, a pregnant pig escaped from a factory farm to safely birth her babies.
While walking her dog in a forest near Nottingham in England, Anna Aston was quite surprised to discover a mother pig and her newborn piglets. At first, she thought they might be wild boars, but then she quickly realized they were actually farm pigs. That’s when Anna knew she was in a very unusual situation.
“I know they are not wild boars; They just look like normal pigs,” the woman said. “I was thinking, ‘This is not true. You don’t take them into the woods. ”
Concerned for the safety of the tiny piglets and their protective mother, Anna called Brinsley Animal Rescue. The next day Jon Beresford and Beth Hewis went to investigate.
Jon shared: “[We] found out she had escaped from an adjoining pig farm and raised her children in the woods. “The kids look healthy, [but] she’s thin and can graze but doesn’t get food because she has a ring over her nose.”
However, as amazing as it sounds, the rescuers couldn’t do much to save the woman and her babies. Because Matilda – as they named her – escaped from a farm, they just couldn’t pick them up and take them to a shelter.
Jon said: ‘She was motivated to escape and save her children, but we couldn’t just collect them. “Ultimately, we need the owner’s consent.” But finding the owners was a near-impossible task, so two rescue forces used the media to save them. Fortunately for all involved, the story went viral, and a happy ending was closer than anyone expected. But not without hard efforts!
In the end, after Matilda and her babies had been brought back to the farm, she made her initial escape. Thanks to a fundraiser, lots of kind people, and tireless efforts, she and her babies find a safe place to live for the rest of their life.
“Matilda and her eight piglets spent their first night of freedom as we rested,” the animal rescue team wrote on Facebook. “She was also a good mother to them, and now she no longer needs to worry about their plight.”