Mr. Rambo's story is very common. He was a baby mini pig brought into a family with no children. He was loved very much but without proper understanding of the care he needed, he became obese and very unhealthy. He was able to lose necessary weight, however the family grew by one human child. Rambo was an indoor piggy prior to the arrive of the new family member. He was then transitioned to an outside space and did not transition well at all. He didn't receive the amount of love and attention he was accustomed to and he became very depressed and began exhibiting behavior challenges. He takes a bit to warm up to new people and is always at risk for acting out.
Since arriving at Fat Bottoms Pig Sanctuary on 6/20/20, Mr. Rambo has learned manners and is more respectful to his caretakers. He was underweight when he arrived and has now gained to a healthy weight. Also his skin and hair look amazing from proper nutrition and skin care. He has enjoyed his time outside in his area as well as indoor time that he missed so desperately. Mr. Rambo has bonded with Valorie, his human, and is loving life. You still have to be cautious around him as he is still working out his trust issues.
This girl traveled 18 hours to Fat Bottoms. She arrived on 9/5/20. She was living with the family that has had her since she was a young piglet. She is 6 years old and in pretty bad shape. She was living in a basement and had become so obese that it was impossible for her to maneuver stairs to spend much needed outside time. It was estimated that she had not been outdoors in approximately 3 years. Ms. Princess is morbidly obese, fat blind, hard of hearing, mobility challenged due to weight and poor hoof care, poor skin condition, limited socialization, and in dire need of a nutritional plan. Pigs finding themselves in this state happens all too often as proper care is not always researched.
Ms. Princess has a long road ahead of her but she is lookin much better in the short time she has been at Fat Bottoms, approximately 1.5 months.
She has required multiple vet visits to care for her hooves and pain management due to severe arthritis as a result of her obesity and lack of proper exercise. Skin care continues to be addressed and she has required intensive daily treatments and as you can see from the photo above, the results have been positive. Nutrition was a challenge as she was quite picky and did not want to eat pelleted food. It was important to incorporate pelleted food into her diet along with vegetables as this contains the necessary vitamins and minerals she needs to be healthy. Socially Princess has also come along quite well and is now allowing her human, Valorie, to care for her in close proximity without making attempts to bite. Please continue to watch her progress on Facebook as her transformation will be both exciting and educational. She will continue to require specialized care for the duration of her life. If you would like to make contributions to her care please donate today.