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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



187 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.

    • How did Wilbur Die? says:

      Run and Smile the Flowers at Rainbow Bridge, We will see you again one day Wilbur. Love and Kisses To You. Susan Moore

    • Robert Keim says:

      RIP Wilbur…. U da pig!
      Munching mucho deliciousness over the rainbow bridge.

    • Watched the short video. I love all animals on this earth. Watching Wilbur and his friend the squirrel was so sweet. I love pigs, they are the sweetest, purest animals. I do not understand how any person could harm them but they do. I love Wilbur even only seeing him this one time. I am so glad Wilbur enjoyed his life before he died. I am so grateful I saw the video of him. Thank you. RIP 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.

    • Regina says:

      I also hope that one day all animals will be treated with love ; kindness and respect. They bring a very special type of joy to life. I am so grateful Wilbur knew the kind of love he at Animal Place that he deserved all of his life. I am saddened at news of his death.

  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


  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:


  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:


  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.


  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….

    • 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.

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  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.

  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

  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
    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. Lori Stearns says:

    Off to the rainbow bridge Wilbur. We will meet again friend under better circumstances. Do what pigs do best! Enjoy your new found freedom and know that you will be missed terribly here on earth ???

  95. Barb Garrison says:

    Rest In Peace sweet Wilbur…?. I pray that a time will come when all animals can live in happiness, security, and peace, with no fear.

  96. Erika says:

    Sweet, loving. Wilbur. What an impact you made on so many hearts and lives. You are a beacon of hope for all other pigs and beings who are overlooked and misunderstood in this world. Thank you for your kindness and courage. We love and miss you greatly.

  97. 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

  98. Gene Douthit says:

    RIP buddy.

  99. Stephen says:

    RIP big guy …. You will be missed !

  100. Nanette says:

    God bless you, sweet Wilbur

  101. Dani says:

    RIP sweet soul… you will be missed, but forever etched in so many hearts.

  102. Marlene says:

    Dear Wilbur,
    How lucky you were to be rescued by people who gave you love instead of pain, and who cared for you every day and night. No animal should die alone and unloved. No animal should know suffering. Rest in peace Wilbur, you were loved.

  103. Celina says:

    God bless you Wilbur <3 Run free on the rainbow ? bridge ❤️ hope the good memories will comfort all who loved and worked with you. I understand 100 percent the pain of losing a pet as I lost my dog this year. Had him for 14 years since he was a 3 month old puppy. My heart goes out to everybody.

  104. Dana Greathouse says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about the passing of such a beloved animal. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  105. Cheryl says:

    Wilbur you touched so many lives. I will hold a special place in my heart for you sweet Wilbur. Your were loved.

  106. Diane says:


  107. Joe Mendez says:

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

  108. Eileen Bennett says:

    You gave and received so much love. RIP you sweet boy. I am sure when you passed you were greeted with open arms. You will be missed in this life.

  109. LaQuita Gentry says:

    So sorry for the loss of such a handsome big guy with such a loving and friendly personality that will be so greatly missed at Animal Place but will be in the heart of so many associated through the organization. So happy he enjoyed all the love and caring he received while he was with all of you there. Rest in peace, sweet Wilbur.

  110. So very sorry for your sad loss of the greatly beloved Wilbur. Your sweet, lovely words richly convey the love and affection you gave to him and you brightened his days for all the time he lived at Animal Place. Let that be your greatest consolation.

  111. Janet Ball says:

    I am SO sorry for your loss , its never easy to let go of a loved one when they played such a majestic role in ones life. I am grateful that Animal Place came to Wilbur’s rescue , providing love and compassion until he crossed over. I didn’t know Wilbur personally but I feel the kindness and love from the comments towards Wilbur , and feel the powerful impact he left on many people. I wish I would of met you precious Wilbur. RIP sweet Wilbur !

  112. 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!!

  113. 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.

  114. 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

  115. Denise Triest says:

    RIP dear Wilbur

  116. Anne says:

    Rest well, sweet Wilbur,!


  117. e biourd says:

    sweet dreams piggie.

  118. Our sincere hope that Wilbur is now in a better place. We leave these condolances for Wilbur, partly because of his fame. How many others of his species pass with little or no fanfare. For those so inclined, and in honor of our beloved Wilbur, could we please pledge a little more vegitarianism.

  119. e biourd says:

    Ironically, I released (today) a wispy, seven-legged spider that had lived with me over the winter. I had named her Charlotte……..

  120. Jerry Quarles says:

    You warmed the hearts of many Wilber, and in the hearts of those who were given the opportunity to share your life you will continue to live.
    ‘Ask the animals, and they will teach you… In God’s hand is the life of every creature, and the breath of all mankind.’ (Job 12:7, 10

  121. Len Molden says:

    I’m sorry to hear about Wilbur’s passing, he’ll be missed.

  122. Sandra Gluck says:

    I’m so grateful that dear Wilbur spent his last years surrounded by love and care at Animal Place. I loved it when visitors could stand in a circle with Wilbur in the middle. As we stood waiting for him to gently take the Animal Place- approved snacks we had brought for him, Wilbur would walk from person to person passing by those with regular potatoes or other less-sweet treats, eating all the apples, sweet potatoes and other favorites first. Once those were all eaten, he would resign himself to eating all the less desirable treats. He was magnificent. Thanks for the wonderful memories. RIP Wilbur.

  123. Joe says:

    So sorry to hear that Wilber has passed away. I send praise to all who rescued and gave Wilber a good, loving life. If only more animals can be saved it would be wonderful. I urge everyone to appreciate animal life and GO VEGAN! Rest In Peace Wilber.

  124. Ken C says:

    God Bless You Wilbur! You will be missed forever.

  125. Rob Erickson says:

    I shared his video with the squirrel.

  126. Arlene Morton says:

    I only met Wilbur once but I have photos of him on my Instagram and Facebook. He loved apples! He brought a lot of happiness to many people.

  127. Misty Hammerbacker says:

    So sorry for your loss. He is waiting for you at the Rainbow Bridge to give you kudos and warm loving thanks for giving him a wonderful life.

  128. Jeff says:

    I’m so sad to hear of Wilbur’s passing, but I am buoyed by the knowledge that he is in Heaven now.

    Thank you all and God bless you for being such wonderful, caring people.

  129. jennifer valentine says:

    On to heaven for Wilbur; sorry to see you go … you are missed.

  130. Rebecca says:

    I did not have the honor and privilege of meeting Wilbur; however, I am so thankful there are people and places like yours to take such wonderful care of animals in need. I remember hearing Dr. Jeff, from Rocky Mountain Vet say “There are more animals and fewer people who want to care for them”, and that’s a frightening situation. Keep up the good work. It is so heartwarming. Some of the Native Americans believe that when individuals pass to the “Other Side”, it’s the animals who have been in their/our lives who will determine where we go. That’s as it should be.

  131. Joelene Frederick says:

    So, sorry to here about Wilbur.He was a very special loving animal.I did your tour and seen him.Wilbur will be sadly missed.Run free my friend.??

  132. Jan Peddy says:

    What a kind and beautiful boy, he has the most content and intelligent expressions in all his pictures. And what a cute boy that he loved his best friend the squirrel.
    I didn’t have the privilege of knowing him and I wish I had.
    I’m so very grateful he was rescued and loved so well and knew he was loved.
    I wish all pigs and every animal could be loved and treated so kindly and respectfully.
    I’m sorry for the sadness you all have in missing him and thank you again for loving him.
    I truly believe he’s with his Creator, the One who loves him the most. ?

  133. Malcolm Glass says:

    It is a joy to know that Wilbur was so well loved by so many. He was so lucky that he had such a happy life.

    His greatest gift to us was awakening in us a love of all the creatures on the earth. May he rest in that same love and peace, knowing he helped many to discover the love they had to offer.

  134. Sonia says:

    Sweet Wilber, wherever you are your sweet spirit and energy will be right there, where you were loved and missed. Smile! You are resting now.

  135. Wilbur you just gained your wings and God has another little angel with Him. You were one of the lucky ones that got rescued and loved. Bless you little Angel.

  136. Susan Fong says:

    Wilbur, you were a splendid pig. I know that you will ascend to Piggy Paradise where you will reside in comfort and tranquility. So long, dear sweet Wilbur!

  137. lynette ziz says:

    may you r.i.p. sweet Wilbur…….. glad you were cared for at animal place……..where you were loved by so many…

  138. jason husby says:

    RIP Wilber. Fly free.

  139. Iryna Graves says:

    RIP Dear Wilbur! Sleep peacefully and restfully! You will be missed. Love you!

  140. Elizabeth Mackey says:

    What a beautiful pig and a beautiful story. I pray Wilbur is at peace and knows just how loved and important he was to so many.
    I’m still grieving over the loss of my Chihuahua, Lupita Marie, who passed away unexpectedly in January so in reading the memorials from those who shared their love and lives with him, I can so relate to the sadness of everyone’s loss.
    I’m so sorry and thank you all who made his life and home a very loving and happy place.
    Please RIP Wilbur ❤….

  141. Donna E. Szlosek says:

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

  142. Rest in Peace, Angel Wilbur. You’re with God and His angels – go run on those Heavenly pastures. Fly Free…

  143. Cynthia says:

    RIP Wilbur. What a precious soul you are. May your wisdom continue to
    enrich the spirit world as you did here on earth. Thank you, WILBUR xoxo
    I hope your squirrel is ok.

  144. Betty says:

    Rest in Peace Dear Wilbur.

  145. Sue Fischer says:

    I am so sorry for your loss, but also very happy that Wilbur found a loving forever home at Animal Place.

  146. ANA says:

    Rest in peace lovely Wilbur! God bless you!

  147. Susan says:

    So very sorry to hear this sad news…….R.I.P Wilbur……..he has his wings now……. so he cam fly ❤️

  148. Lisa Lester says:

    R.I.P. Wilbur You were so loved!

  149. Paul Murphy says:

    What a sweetie.
    I hope he’s in Heaven and that all those who cared for him are up there too with him one day – including his little friend.

  150. Thank You Animal Place for being such a beautiful example of caring and humanity. For years I took in seniors and timed out dogs from shelters but over the last several years all of my current pack of six are street rescue dogs. I have created mosaic art for a non-profit that puts parks into underserved neighborhoods. Over the months that I am on site I become aware of one or two pups that don’t have homes and they join our pack.
    Sweet journey to the stars Wilber. Every new rescue that enters here honors your memory.

  151. Dawn Blair says:

    RIP Wilbur….
    Rest easy sweet boy.

  152. Toni says:

    RIP Wilbur?. Condolences to all who loved and cared for him. Thank you for the love and kindness you showed to this beautiful creature.

  153. Anne Leeson says:

    Dear Animal Place staff. What wonderful work you did with dear Wilbur. All animals want are to be loved, safe and wanted and Wilbut got all that including more, my gosh even got organic roasted vegetables. He would want you all to know that you will meet up with him again, for sure and in the meantime cherish the great memories that you shared with him such a beautiful soul filled with character. Until you meet again.

  154. M’chel says:

    How blessed you were to have experienced the love and safety from so many around you. May there be many to follow in your steps.

  155. Armida Franceschini says:

    I never met Wilber but I have followed him through Animal Place’s letters to me and Facebook. He was one great big beautiful guy and I loved him. I will miss him but he will live in my heart forever. Wilbur has crossed The Rainbow Bridge to greener pastures.

  156. So very sorry for your loss , I know how bad it hurts to lose any cherished animal, and it seems as though he was very special , but it looks like he had a very good home. RIP Wilbur, you were very loved, rest easy at rainbow bridge, it is a place for all animals

  157. John Leaver says:

    Rest in Peace Wilb’….You looked like a real swett, soulful kinds’ guy

  158. Victoria Apodaca says:

    Ahh Sweet, Precious Wilbur, You has a Beautiful soul and touched many lives while you were here on earth. Go to the light beautiful boy. Enjoy your new home in heaven. You will be missed and never forgotten.

  159. Janene Wong-Brehmer says:

    Wilbur… what a beautiful soul, and so loved. Animal Place, thank you for taking such good care of him. Wilbur will always be loved and remembered.

  160. Jack Lancellotta says:

    Keep Wilbur’s spirit alive….

  161. Lucy Sargon says:

    Sweet Wilbur RIP. You are loved by so many!!!! You spent the last years in a happy place. You are at Rainbow Bridge with my lost pets and you are having a great time..fly Wilbur fly!!!

  162. Cindy M. Dutka says:

    So very sorry for your loss. Looking at the pictures of Wilbur I can see how wonderful a personality he had. May you find peace in knowing that Wilbur crossed Rainbow Bridge and into a beautiful place where he will be very happy.

  163. kumiko otsubo says:

    please accept my deepest codolences. dear sweet Wilbur, may you rest in peace. sending my sincere love and prayers to you and all animal place family.

  164. debby says:

    rip wilbur. i wish i had known you. it would of been a great friendship. xo

  165. Heather Armstrong says:

    So sorry to hear of Wilbur’s passing but at least he knew he was loved. R.I.P. Wilbur.

  166. Such a beautiful little soul…rest peacefully in heaven’s loving pastures

  167. Please accept my condolences on the loss of Wilbur.He sounded like a wonderful pig.He had a good life with you all there.

  168. Joanne Kong says:

    I was so glad to have met Wilbur on my first visit to Animal Place in 2018, and had a chance to feed him some pineapple! I am crying as I read all the wonderful remembrances of just what a beautiful, old soul he was. If only all humanity would pause for a moment, look within, and touch what is most important –our innate sense of compassion and love for others. With a glance into an animal’s eyes, we experience how all of life is connected, and precious. RIP Wilbur!

  169. Gail Lindley says:

    RIP sweet Wilbur.