Pot-bellied pig Jack Frost walking, eating again

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Jack Frost the pig is back on his feet.

The estimated four-to-five-year-old pot-bellied pig has been eating and walking around at the Sarnia and District Humane Society since Friday, said investigations officer Nicole King.

“He's doing much better,” she said.

The pig, which shelter staff estimate weighs more than 200 pounds, was found abandoned and in poor health on Jan. 5 at the Children's Animal Farm in Canatara Park.

Scratches on his back indicate he may have been pushed under the fence there, shelter officials have said.

Meanwhile, his overgrown hooves have received farrier attention, and he seems to be in far less pain, King said.

Stress, she suspects, was the culprit behind him not eating when shelter staff first found him.

Now he's eating pig food, grapes and other treats, she said.

“Grapes is his number one thing right now, but he likes … melon, apples is a huge one, pears.”

Since Jack Frost's story was published late last week, many people have contacted the shelter to see how he's doing, King said. Others have come in to see him, or to bring in donations.

Currently two “really good pig people” are interested in adopting him, she said.

“Hopefully that works out.”

Callers have also offered tips about who the owner could be.

The humane society is still investigating, she said, and charges could be laid.

The number of pig investigation cases in Sarnia is on the rise, she said, noting people who purchased pigs as pets in recent years are, in some cases, giving them up because they've proven to be more work than anticipated.

“If you're having issues housing your pig, find the right place to bring them,” she said. “Bring them to us.”

tyler.kula@sunmedia.ca

 

 

 

 

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