Tiffany Rescued from Research Laboratory
Tiffany is safe and sound after we negotiated her release from an out-of-state laboratory. For the first six months of her life, she lived in a barren, concrete cage. You can see the calluses on her legs from lying on cement. She had no proper bedding, no pig friend, no access to outside.
She had never seen the light of day.
Tiffany had been tail docked at a young age, most of her tail cut off without pain relief. She had an ear tag inserted, identifying her as a number, not an individual. Her fate was death without our intervention.
When Tiffany first saw straw, she did not know what to do. Animal caregivers knelt down beside her, showing with their hands how to handle the straw. It took her a few attempts, but Tiffany figured out how to make her own bed.
The use of pigs in biomedical research has expanded in the past thirty years. The National Agricultural Library has extensive information on the similarities and differences between pigs and humans.
Tiffany is learning how to be a normal pig. After she recovers from her spay, Tiffany will meet the other pigs for the very first time. In the meantime, we are showering her with attention and many tasty treats, like apples!
Tiffany arrived just before New Year's Eve. A timely arrival....she is the poster child for a great New Year's Resolution. How about giving up ham and bacon in 2012? Do it for Tiffany!