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“It is quite possible that an animal has spoken to me and that I didn’t catch the remark because I wasn’t paying attention.”
– E.B. White, Charlotte’s Web, Ch. 14

Dear Wilbur,

You spoke with your eyes.

You spoke of an afternoon nap, the warm spring breeze traveling through your bristled hair.

You talked of the cold, how it was kept at bay by the loving hands of caregivers draping blankets over and heating discs under you.

You whispered of the darkness, how it crept across a sun-kissed field and how it could never blot out the stars.

You expressed yourself through the language of gaze, the movement of the body, through the joy of being.You chatted of the many visitors, the ones who spent summer afternoons with you, the ones who brought you whole pineapples, sweet potatoes, and a little special mix of love.

You left us on a spring day. You left us quiet and sad. You went wherever we go when our bodies die.

We always paid attention, Wilbur.

“Wilbur was the first pig I have ever met. When I visited AP for the first time, I remember seeing how large and majestic he was and being in absolute awe. For never seeing a pig in person, he changed my entire view of pigs and opened my eyes to how sweet and affectionate they truly are. My last memory of him was giving him lots of scratches the day I shadowed with Rachel and seeing the smile on his face. His soul was one of the brightest I have ever encountered. He was truly radiant.”
-Brenda Rynders, volunteer & intern manager

 

“Wilbur, always willing to share his food…….with chickens.”
-Blake, Animal Caregiver

“The first time I met Wilbur I fell in love and have had the good fortune to spend a lot of time with this charismatic pig.
My bond with him deepened over the last few months when Animal Care entrusted me to give him the royal treatment. I would arrive on my visits with roasted butternut, sweet potatoes and strawberries, all organic of course!
He had a marvelously expressive face and a wonderful assortment of grunts and we would have some good conversations. He was extremely observant and he would make me laugh with his mischievous sidelong glances. A week before he died I lay down in front of him and his eyes held a tenderness and tiredness I had never seen before. I felt so lucky to just be with him.
He was loved by so many and lovingly taken care of at his wonderful Animal Place home.
I have such lovely memories of hanging out with him and Kim on a sunny day.
He will always be a big part of my life and I am feeling his loss deeply. At his funeral I was crying and Brenda hugged me and said: “he really was your best friend” and those true words will forever be etched in my mind.”
– Alida Labia, Volunteer 

“I am grateful to have known Wilbur and to have saved him from his previous miserable life. He soaked up all the love we offered him in terms belly rubs, massages, pineapples and cooked yams. I miss him profoundly – his smiles, distinct grunting greetings . . . just his entire being. Wilbur had a powerful presence. Volunteer Alida spent hours with him – and always prepared a platter of assorted organic fruit and cooked butternut squash. She treated him like royalty. And, our caring animal care team provided the very best care of our aging pig . . . breakfast, lunch and dinner. Plus blankets and heating discs at night, pedicures, ear cleaning, and close monitoring. In my office hangs a magnificent 16×20 photo of Mr. Wilbur – – compliments of Keri and Terran. And, my house is decorated with many Wilbur memories, including a fleece blanket sporting his handsome mug! His memory is etched in my heart forever. RIP dear Wilbur”
-Kim Sturla, Executive Director

“Wilbur had such a wonderful and happy impact on everyone who was lucky enough to make his acquaintance. I always ended my tours with a visit to Wilbur simply because he was the highlight. When our visiting guests saw this amazing, beautiful, giant there were always gasps of awe, and nothing was sweeter than seeing Wilbur munch down on his favorite pineapple treat. Wilbur was special. I have never met a pig that touched me in the way that Wilbur did. He simply made me happy because he always seemed to have a smile on his face. This picture I took of him is my favorite.”
-Susan McCracken, Volunteer & Tour Docent

“I first met Wilbur on the day of his rescue. From the moment I laid eyes on him, I knew he was special. His eyes were so kind and his face so sweet.
This winter Animal Care tucked Wilbur into bed each night. He received heated disks and warm blankets to keep him cozy. We each had our own ritual when it came to bed time. I watched as caregivers tucked him in, said good night and made sure he felt loved. My ritual was to sing “Good Night My Love” (the first verse) to him while I tucked him in.
I am so grateful for the time he was able to spend at Animal Place. It was a joy and a privilege to care for him.
I really miss him.”
-Michelle Miller, Animal Care Manager

111 Responses so far.

    • Shirley says:

      RIP….Wilbur… I had a Pot Bellied pig that would follow me everywhere and his very special friend was a baby duckling. They were inseparable…..Michelle, cherish every second that you had with your Wilbur, you were very special to him.

    • WILLIAM says:

      Sad to say goodbye to Wilbur.

  1. I wish every one of those Wilbur’s could have a life like he had.

    The suffering that most pigs have is unimaginable. The cruelty that is thrust upon them is inhumane.

    I am hoping that one day people will come to realize that there is no need for the barbaric way they are treated and we will live in a world where all animals will have no fear of mistreatment and will be protected from harm.

  2. I am sorry to hear about Wilbur….All animals have a special place in our hearts & this guy sounds like he had a very strong impact of love to all that were around him! Cherish your great memories!

  3. Ken says:

    RIP Wilbur. You looked like a happy boy.

  4. Nancy L Keith says:

    RIP sweet boy! I am so glad you got to spend your final years being loved.

  5. Rest in peace dear Wilbur. You have friends in rainbow bridge and so many here too. We miss you , but know you will never be forgotten!

  6. Rest in Peace, Wilbur. You were loved and finally had a good life with Animal Place.

  7. David Adams says:

    I didn’t know Wilbur, but I would have loved to have given him a back message, or a belly rub! RIP big fella.

  8. James all Hartley says:

    Do you suppose there’s a “Rainbow Bridge” for folks like Wilbur? One would hope!

  9. Jim Keefer says:

    I am truly sorry for your loss. Managing a sanctuary myself I know how much it hurts to loss a friend like Wilber. He will bw
    e in my prayers.

  10. David Score says:

    My deepest expression of sorrow is for Charlotte, who must have been Wilbur’s closest friend.

  11. John Sammon says:

    RIP precious. You will be missed

  12. WE KNOW HOW IT FEELS TO LOSE A PET, ESPECIALLY A WONDERFUL PET! OUR THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOU TODAY!
    E L WILLIAMS

  13. Jo Ann Hancock says:

    I am so sorry for your loss of sweet Wilbur!

  14. Lisa Babbs says:

    God Bless you sweet angel. You will be greatly missed. You are truly a precious animal. R.I.P
    Wilbur. Love to you. 🙁

  15. PAUL HERBST says:

    WILBUR WAS SUCH A WONDERFUL AMBASSADOR FOR THE ANIMAL WORLD. HE ENCOURAGED EVERYONE TO GIVE ANIMALS GREATER PROTECTION AND RESPECT.

  16. amber caine says:

    Wilbur is now in animal heaven having a great time with so many others. I know he will be missed. My condolences.

  17. Cassie says:

    He is an adorable pig with a kind and loving soul. I pray that he is in heaven, smiling down on all of those who love him.

  18. Leslie Michetti says:

    I am so sorry to hear about Wilbur. He will be sorely missed. He is so adorable.

  19. Gida Naser says:

    I’M SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS I KNOW WHAT’S IT LIKE I LOST SO MANY BELOVED PETS OF MY OWN I DON’T KNOW WILBUR PERSONALLY BUT I KNOW HE WAS A LOVING PLAYFUL HAPPY BEAUTIFUL SOUL JUST LIKE ALL OTHER ANIMALS ARE
    R.I.P WILBUR

  20. Lauren says:

    Wilbur looks and sounds like he was a wonderful pig and family member. He sounds very smart. I’m glad he got to love out his life surrounded by love.

  21. Carol says:

    Precious Wilbur (formerly known as Fluffy) and I go way back. To his early days at the county animal shelter. Even then he was a shelter favorite. Loved grapes and belly rubs and the mud hole we helped create for him in one of the barn paddocks. He LOVED that mud! It’s always sad when the world loses a sweet soul, but his long happy life at Animal Place was wonderful. And his special spirit will live on. RiP, angel boy.

  22. Becky says:

    I am so sorry for this terrible loss. Animals truly are the eyes to your soul. RIP Wilbur!!!

  23. Carol Alas says:

    R. I. P. Wilbur You will be missed.

  24. Cassie L says:

    Wilbur is an adorable pig with a kind and loving soul. I pray that he is in heaven, smiling down on those who love him.

  25. So sorry to hear of his pasding. Rest in peace sweet angel.

  26. Teal Ness says:

    Wilber, I only wish I had known you.

  27. Joanne Dirk says:

    Sorry to see you go but you are at a beautiful space wherein you and your friends can now run free. Thanks for sharing your lovingness with us. We will miss you.

  28. I was deepley saddened to hear of Wilbur’s passing; what a wonder Wilbur was/is; he touched everyone who met him. I will miss hearing about him…and thank everyone at Animal Place for rescuing him and giving him the life he deserved. I am very sorry, and send my condolences to everyone at Animal Place.

    Sincerely,
    Roberta

  29. DEBBIE says:

    I am so sorry for the loss of Wilbur. RIP Sweet Baby Wilbur. You were so loved by many and will never be forgotten.

  30. Odette Garza Borrego says:

    My deepest condolences to the Animal Place family as I know Wilbur’s loss is heartbreaking for all. RIP Wilbur! Your beautiful smile and memories will live on in the hearts of many forever.

  31. Maki Murakami says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. We will miss him.

  32. So sad to hear. Thank you for giving him the love he deserved and thank you for all that you kind folks do!!!

  33. Sandra says:

    A contemplated day now to have lost such a beautiful soul…It was due to reading Charlottes Web that I became a vegetarian as a child much to the dismay of my family – still am, 36 years in….
    Wilbur❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

    • Claire C says:

      Charlotte’s Web has helped so many individuals think about animals differently! Thank you for showing farmed animals compassion <3

  34. R.I.P. Wilbur what a kind soul you were I’m sure your with our dear lord now you will be greatley missed by all of us viewers I’m sure and I’m sure very much missed by your little squirrel friend as well. Much love to you thank God you were able to be rescued by such kind people at animal place I wish there were more folks like them in this world with such a great love of the animals

  35. Kat says:

    My deepest and heartfelt sympathy to everyone at Animal Place. Animals are indeed special all with their own personalities. You were indeed blessed to have known Wilbur. Please take comfort in knowing you helped him in his life. Thank you for what everyone there does for the animals.

  36. Molly says:

    I’m so Sorry for Your Loss if Sweet Wilbur😢😢😘🐷😇
    Fly High Wilbur over The Rainbow Bridge , & I know You’ll Always Be Watching Over Your Loved Ones.
    Xoxo ❤️😘😢😢🐷😇💕😢

  37. Helen Knauer says:

    So sorry for your loss!! From all of your wonderful stories about him, he was a truly beautiful soul!!! RIP sweet Wilbur~

  38. debra Cullen says:

    What a sweet very loved Friend. You gave him a happy wonderful life. Blessings to Wilber and all of you.

  39. AI says:

    ANIMAL LOVE, NONE THE GREATER.
    WE LOVE WILBUR!

  40. Candi Ausman says:

    I’m so sorry about Wilbur.

  41. Michael Shaver says:

    At least Wilbur knew happiness and love and I am sure he appreciated both. Rest in peace, buddy!

  42. Shaun Goodwin says:

    Condolences for the passing of Wilbur. It was beautiful to have seen his light shine while he was here.

  43. I am so sorry for your loss but take comfort in knowing how beautifully you care for Wilbur.
    His days at Animal Place were his best by far.
    Wilbur is lovingly in the arms of ALL at RAINBOW BRIDGE.
    No more pain, young again and lovingly embraced.
    RIP WILBUR

  44. Janie says:

    Rest in peace Wilbur. Sounds like you were loved very. When you get to the rainbow bridge I’m sure you’ll many welcoming friends, including a few of my beloved pets. S.I.P.

  45. Myra Hearing says:

    Rest in peace Wilbur one journey ends a another journey begins

  46. Phyllis says:

    RIP WILBUR – One of my best friends was a pig, really, named Elmo. I don’t know how they put up with humans.

  47. Kelly Jostad says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Wilburs passing. I watched him eat a WHOLE pineapple once. Neato!

  48. Sean Fantom says:

    This is sad but I am happy he was with animal place for the rest of his days. Thank you for all that you do!

  49. Carol Yost says:

    I never met Wilbur, but I know how it feels to love an animal. Last month I lost my dear cat Saki. Before him I lost the loved cat Hasper in 2003. In deep sympathy . . .

  50. You were the best pig Wilbur and you will be missed by all. So sorry you passed away. May you Wilbur R.I.P.

  51. Fare thee well, Wilbur.

  52. star says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. He sounds like he was a very special soul and brought so much joy and light into your lives.

  53. So sorry for your loss AP. Wilbur was such a sweetheart. I never met him but I wish I did. We were all lucky to have had the pleasure of knowing him a bit through social media. I wish that all animals had the luck and chance that he did to have had such a wonderful life. Thank you all who took care of him , you are Blessed like he was.

  54. Sandy Smith says:

    Very sorry to hear of Wilbur’s passing. He was a very lucky pig to have so many people love him and feel safe and cared for. Wish all pigs were so lucky. You will be missed gentle soul.

  55. PEGGY says:

    RIP big guy. So grateful that he did not end up on someone’s table and instead was allowed to live a full life.

  56. sarah reid says:

    Run free at The Rainbow Bridge sweet boy. You will be missed & loved, always….Xxx

  57. Gary Seitz says:

    God Bless you for taking care of Wilbur–my sincere condolences in his passing
    Again , I am very sorry and I know he will be missed
    Thank you again for taking care of Wilbur –you are very special people
    Gary

  58. Teal Ness says:

    I wish I had known you, Wilber. I love pigs!

  59. Elliott says:

    Iam so sorry to hear this . I love all animals and any loss hurts me so badly and makes me cry😪😪😪😪😪😪

  60. Michele Meli says:

    I am so very sorry about the loss of Beautiful Wilbur 🙏💙 I know how very hard it is when you lose one of your beloved furry babies. They speak to us in every way and understand all our feelings. They make every single day brighter and better ❤️ May God Hold Wilbur in His Arms in Heaven 🙏💙

  61. Coette Schmidt says:

    Wilbur must have been a special soul and that soul will continue. Thank you all for loving and caring for him.

  62. cheryl J. Lorditch says:

    Rest In Peace Wilbur…..

  63. John Lazarek says:

    I’m very sorry to hear of Wilbur’s passing. Though I didn’t have the honor and privilege of knowing Wilbur personally, he was a great animal and will be missed by all.

  64. Linda Lee Mills says:

    So very sorry to learn of your great loss. Wilbur knew how much he was loved; and, will meet you at The Rainbow Bridge…🌈💓 When pigs fly…you fly high with the angels, now Wilbur.

  65. Carol Allen says:

    What a beautiful tribute to Wilbur. He will be soooo missed, but what a wonderful kindness you bestowed on him. He is now up above running with all our beloved pets. Rest In Peace , sweetheart.

  66. alix novack says:

    Wibur was a very handsome pig God Speed little wilbur to heaven love and kisses

  67. Lee Eslick says:

    Wilbur was wonderful to watch over the years. Bless his heart. I hate to hear this sad news but glad to have gotten to know his story. RIP Wilbur!!<3

  68. Brenda says:

    Wilbur, thank you for reminding humans we don’t need to be alike to live in harmony. Wish I could have met you sweet boy and I am so grateful you knew human kindness during your time on this earth.

  69. Eva Wood says:

    R.I.P. sweet Wilbur. So sorry for the loss of your precious baby.

  70. Cheryl Richards says:

    So very sorry to hear of Wilbur’s passing. What a very sweet soul he was. Thank you for all the love and care you gave him and for the wonderful he had with you.

  71. Gloria J says:

    I never got to know Wilbur I’m know their was
    happiness.
    All fuzzy kids will go on to be happy.

  72. Claudia E Vargas-McCormack says:

    Have fun at the bridge Wilbur, you will be missed by everyone who knew and loved you 🙂

  73. Anne W says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss, but I am so glad he was able to know love. Thank you for all you do for the animals.

  74. My most sincere condolences on the passing of that sweet baby pig Wilbur. I know the pain and sadness all of you are feeling right now. Please know the most important part is that Wilbur knew love, happiness, security and kind people the last few years of his life. Everyone at Animal Place should be proud of all the hard and yet rewarding work you do everyday of the year. There are no days off or holidays when it comes to animal care. And because of each of you Wilbur was happy until the day he said goodbye until you meet again… LOTS OF LOVE SENDING YOUR WAY. Goodbye Wilbur you will be missed.

  75. Charlotte Gray says:

    Sorry to hear of Wilbur’s passing, but I am glad to hear that he was so well loved.

    Rest in peace little friend.

  76. Emory says:

    RIP Wilbur you were Special.

  77. Maria Zoske says:

    RIP sweet boy. I’m glad you were rescue and shown lots of love that you always dexerved. Enjoy running and playing at Rainbow Bridge with all of God’s other animals. Rest easy loving Wilbur!💖💖💖💖 We will all miss you!😢😢😢🙏🙏🙏

  78. Kelly Berry says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about the passing of Wilber. I’m glad that he had such a loving and caring place to live. Thank you so much for taking such great care of Wilber.

  79. Rest in peace, sweet angel. We love you <3

  80. Karen Sull says:

    RIP dear, sweet Wilbur! I am so happy you spent your last years in a beautiful place of peace and freedom. You were very much loved and treasured by everyone who knew you, and you brought joy and love to all. I pray for the same freedom for all pigs and ALL animals someday! I believe you have crossed over The Rainbow Bridge, with many animal friends to romp with and play with. Until we all meet again.

  81. ELLEN TURNAGE says:

    RIP Wilber! run free with your friends up in heaven!

  82. Susann VR says:

    Blessings to Wilbur. He was very fortunate to have been loved until his passing. I hope he loves where he is now!🙏💖🕊

  83. Kelly Wurzer says:

    So glad Wilbur the last few years of your life were the best. I’m so happy you were able to let go in peace and in quite with those who grew to love you.

  84. Josette says:

    His passing gives me the chance to reflect on what a wonderful life Wilbur had at Animal Place and how incredible it is for so many beautiful souls like him to get to spend these years surrounded by the love and care every creature deserves.

  85. Marcia Mueller says:

    I never had a chance to know Wilbur, but I’m sorry he is gone. I wish him peace and joy in the spirit world.

    Thank you to all who loved him and cared for him. I know its hard to lose him, but he was so lucky to have such a good home on this earth.

  86. Keith Lanni says:

    It is with great sadness in which I hear the news of Wilbur’s passing. As with so many of the animals in our world, he left a mark on so many. Thank you to all at Amimal Pkace for giving him the life he, and they all, so justly deserve. He now passes from his Heaven on Earth to Heaven above. Never forgotten, always in our hearts.

  87. Penny says:

    Wilbur: you were loved and you gave love in return. You were able to enjoy life as you should have. I’m so sorry you left us, but you are in a far better place. Rest in Peace, Wilbur; know you were loved by those who cared for you and those who learned of you. You were a wonderful, majestic boy; you will always be remembered.

  88. Denise Allen says:

    All my love sweet Wilbur. Until we all meet again. God bless you.💖

  89. shannon Douglass says:

    So sorry to hear about Wilbur. RIP little one.

  90. allen says:

    so sorry to hear the news that Wilbur has left our presence. sounds as he was taken good care of and loved immensely. but know this. Wilbur be flyin with the angels and in Gods caring arms and whole again. a new bright shining star in the heavens. on a clear nite look and you can see him. a little piece of ones heart taken away when we have the loss of one we love like this. precious Wilbur, you are lovingly missed every second of the day. fly high and free precious baby.

  91. God Bless you sweet angel. You will be greatly missed. You are truly a precious animal. R.I.P
    Wilbur. Love to you. 🙁

  92. Vicki Spears says:

    So sorry to hear of the passing of this sweet soul Wilbur. He will be truly missed by all.

  93. Evan says:

    RIP Wilbur! Thank you guys for everything you do for animals. Immeasurably grateful.

  94. Awe, rest in peace beautiful Wilbur. <3 <3 <3 Animal Place, thank you so much for showing Wilber love and compassion. Thank you for taking such good care of him. Wilbur will always be loved and remembered. Rest in peace and in heaven beautiful, sweet boy. <3

  95. Gina Gehricke says:

    I’m so incredibly sad that a beautiful pig who finally had a safe, loving home has passed. He looks like an angel and now he is one. Hoping your sanctuary will adopt another pig who so desperately needs compassion. Thank you for all you do!!

  96. Cindy says:

    R.I.P. sweetheart. It’s so great to know that there are places where farm animals can be rescued and live out the rest of their lives in love and peace. I ‘m so sorry for your loss.

  97. jody j says:

    Sweet baby, I never had the privelege of meeting you but my heart goes out to your passing. You were described as a sweet, caring baby and I could see that thru the video. Peace and love goes up to you in Rainbow Heaven. I love you and ALL pigs who are so intelligent and sweet. p.s. Wish more people knew that they make excellent pets so that someday there will be no more eating of these sweet gentle babies. My condolescenes jody j freeman jodyanded7@aol.com

  98. Denise Triest says:

    RIP dear Wilbur

  99. Anne says:

    Rest well, sweet Wilbur,!

    😓❤️

  100. Donna E. Szlosek says:

    RIP sweet Wilbur. You are with the angels now. . . .