Steve Jenkins is the dad of Esther the Wonder Pig. He explained that pigs are particularly susceptible to the cold. “They’re very prone to frostbite, especially on the ear tips,” Jenkins explained. “Just like we would be with fingertips or ear tips ourselves.” When it’s cold outside, it’s important to bundle up — especially if you’re a pig.
Jenkins and his partner Derek Walter adopted Esther four years ago. Their dog told them about a “mini” pig who needed a home. As it happened, Esther was not so “mini” , she has grown to become a whopping 650 pounds. Unfortunately, this happens often because owners are duped into believing that they’re adopting a “mini” or “teacup” pig.
Jenkins and Walter love Esther, and she adores them.
“Last year we were moving stuff from a van outside,” Jenkins said. “The door was open, and Esther came out, and was out there while we were there — maybe a half hour or 40 minutes. She’s just so curious — she likes to be where the action is.”
After Esther came back in, Jenkins and Walter noticed something was wrong with her ears. “Her ear tips were very, very pink,” Jenkins said. “The next morning, they had some of these brownish spots on them.”
When they took her to a vet, they learned that Esther had gotten frostbite.
Esther received medical treatment and Jenkins wrote a post on Facebook about the incident. Not long after, he received a special Esther-sized hat that would cover her head as well as her ears.
“Somebody made it,” Jenkins said. “I think the person who made it also makes pig coats, and she’s a piggy parent herself.”
Now every time Esther goes out into the cold, Jenkins and Walter insist that Esther wears her hat and coat.
“[The hat’s] hilarious,” Jenkins said. “It’s quilted and lined inside. It’s absolutely gorgeous. The craftsmanship is incredible.”
“It definitely does extend her time outside,” Jenkins said. “She went for a pee this morning without her coat and hat, but she wanted to come right back inside. When she has her coat and hat on, she’ll cruise around like she does in the summertime.”
Esther prefers to be inside the house. “She’s a fair weather piggy,” Jenkins said. “She doesn’t particularly like the snow. I think it’s the cold. It’s not uncommon for her. Even in the summer — if it’s raining, she’ll stay in bed until the rain stops.”
Who can blame her?
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