Babe the pig finds new home after I-26 rescue

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Charleston, SC (WCBD) – Babe the Pig has been adopted into a new home on Johns Island after recovering at Charleston Animal Society. Babe fell from the back of a truck onto I-26 August 23rd into rush hour traffic. The owner never came to find the 500-pound pig.

Babe was in serious condition and was nursed back to health at Charleston Animal Society for more than three weeks. “It was a touch and go situation in the beginning,” said Charleston Animal Society Director of Veterinary Care Dr. Margie Morris. “We were worried about the extent of his leg injuries, which is serious in an animal this size.” 

The animal society says ooking for a new adoptive home for Babe was difficult. At almost the same time as Babe’s accident, one of the largest pig rescues in U.S. history was taking place in Kentucky and many farm sanctuaries were being filled with those animals that needed to be rescued.

The animal society says that’s when Rachel Goulet came forward and offered her home on Johns Island. “I love pigs,” Goulet said. “I heard about Babe and I already have a pig named Ophelia, so I thought it may be a perfect match.”

“I was amazed at how much Babe immediately took to Rachel,” said Charleston Animal Society Senior Director of Animal Cruelty & Outreach Aldwin Roman. “The trust between them was immediate and I can’t imagine a happier ending for Babe than finding Rachel and Ophelia.”

“Charleston Animal Society has treated 75,000 animals, including 52 different species, in the past 5 years — and is only able to treat and save animals like Babe because of your generous donations,” said Charleston Animal Society CEO Joe Elmore. “We help all creatures to the best of our abilities – and will continue to do so.”

In honor of Babe, and all animals who need care, Charleston Animal Society is holding a 48-hour “All Creatures” online fundraising event Wednesday through Thursday at midnight. A generous donor is matching all gifts up to $10,000 to double your donation through midnight Thursday.

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