Pig Brings Food To His Sick Brother To Help Him Feel Better
These two pig brothers have an undeniable bond and no one can get in between them. When one of the brother’s wasn’t feeling well, the other brother took it upon himself to help out!
20. Two Brothers
Horton and Henry are two pigs that were discovered by rescuers when they were only a few months old. The two of them had already established a close bond and rescuers could see it right away.
19. Pig Farm
The two brothers had been raised on a pig farm and under terrible conditions. The poor babies were practically starved to death when rescuers found them. They had gone without food for so long that their ribs were showing.
18. More Problems
Not only were the pigs starved but they also had some other problems as well. They were covered in ticks and had parasites. They were also anemic because of lack of food.
On top of everything, the pigs were absolutely terrified of human contact. “They were scared to death,” Ellie Laks, founder of The Gentle Barn, told The Dodo. Gentle Barn rescued the pair in 2015, but it took a while for them to warm up to people.
16. Making Efforts
Gentle Barn made a ton of effort to help the pigs get comfortable in their new surroundings. They wanted the brothers to know that they could trust them. “We sat with them every day for weeks to comfort them,” Laks explained.
15. Opening Up
Over time, Horton and Henry began to realize that they were in good hands. They would slowly open up and let their new caretakers get closer. However, it helped that his caretakers would come over with some great snacks!
14. Sweet Ways
Once Horton and Henry were finally strong enough, they were given free time to go out and play out in the pasture. Being out in the sun was a great experience for them and they absolutely loved it. They would spend their days basking in the sun.
12. Always Together
Throughout their time at the barn, the brothers still continued to stick by each other’s sides. When Horton would go out to graze, Henry would be right there beside him. If Henry was going down for a nap, then Horton would be getting sleepy too!
11. Close Bond
10. Walking Problems
This problem of being unnaturally large happens often with pigs that are raised for food. “They both grew very, very quickly,” Laks said. “But Horton’s size coupled with his bad conformation turned into mobility issues.” Due to his condition, Horton had to have surgery.
Horton underwent surgery and began taking anti-inflammatory medicine to help with his condition. Although he is starting to feel better, he has currently been on “bed rest” in the barn. However, Henry has been making sure that his brother gets everything he needs.
As Horton’s legs got weaker, the caretakers noticed that Henry would start to become more and more affectionate with his brother. He would make sure that his brother was comfortable and taken care of at all times.
“When we bring out hay for them to eat at lunch time, Henry will grab a mouthful and bring it right into the barn for Horton,” Laks said. “He is very nurturing to him — to the point where he won’t let any other pigs near him. He knows that Horton is delicate and vulnerable.”
6. Staying Close
Any time Henry goes out into the pasture, he makes sure to never get too far away from Horton. He wants to make sure that he is by his brother’s side in case of anything. The caretakers are amazed at his commitment to his brother.
5. Checking In
4. Highly Emotional
Lak states that this type of behavior isn’t that uncommon amongst pigs. Pigs happen to be highly emotional animals and are also very social. This allows them to form close bonds with family and caretakers.
“Pigs have a highly developed language,” Laks said. “They’re always communicating through their different snorts or grunts. Henry especially loves people, too. He’s always up for a belly rub and some veggies.”
Henry is always there to make sure that Horton is comfortable. “We’ll sit out straw for bedding, and Henry brings that in for [his brother] too,” Laks said. “And I’m sure Horton says thank you in his own way.”
1. Loving Brother
Henry is dedicated to his brother and doesn’t mind looking after him. In fact, he loves to be there for Horton and consistently goes out of his way for him.