Princess is a very happy 14-year-old pig that lives on Arthur’s Acres Sanctuary, a non-profit sanctuary where farmed animals can lives out their lives in peace.
But Princess’s life wasn’t always this way.
In fact, Princess’s story will probably shock you.
Before being rescued, she lived on a factory farm where she was kept in a dark stall where she was bred repeatedly.
She basically didn’t see a ray of sunshine in 10 long years.
Unfortunately, this isn’t uncommon for animals born and raised on factory farms.
“Pigs are gentle, intelligent animals with complex personalities.
However, when born to a life on a factory farm, they don’t get to exhibit their natural behaviors.
Instead, they are subject to countless forms of neglect,”
The Humane League writes on their website.
One Green Planet reports that these kinds of farms can keep up to 10,000 pigs in tiny gestation crates that are often barely a foot larger than they are.
Princess didn’t even have a name before she was rescued.
She was just kept in that dark and lonely stall and was bred repeatedly until she lost her mind.
She had also been in the dark so long that she went blind and could only see shadows.
Caitlin Cimini of Rancho Relaxo begged her owner to surrender her for six years.
“She has never been outside. She has never been given a name. She has never been given a treat. She has never been loved,” Caitlin wrote on Instagram.
After she killed her own babies, the farmer realized he couldn’t make money off of Princess anymore and finally released her to Caitlin.
Caitlin kept Princess’s one surviving piglet, Pistachio, at Rancho Relaxo, and Princess was taken in by Todd at Arthur’s Acres.
When Princess arrived, she was petrified and confused and wouldn’t let anyone near her.
One of the first things Todd did was make her a great big fruit salad since she probably had never had anything good or sweet in her entire life.
Slowly but surely, with Todd’s tender love and care, Princess ended up coming around.
He started giving her treats and separated her from the other animals and humans so that she wouldn’t be overwhelmed.
Todd decided to name her Princess because she deserved happiness and all of the comforts in the world.
Todd would spend hours with Princess every day to ensure that she wasn’t scared and could get used to him.
Eventually, she did.
She let him hand feed her, then pet her, and even give her belly rubs.
Once she got used to Todd, she got to play outside which was probably the first time she ever got to play in the grass.
It wasn’t long before Princess made friends with the other animals on the farm.
With all that love and care, Princess became unstoppable.
Now you’ll find her running around the farm with no problem, despite the fact that she can’t see.
Princess is living her best life and loving it thanks to some people who care and wanted to share their love.
Check out the full story of Princess’ rescue in the video below!
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