2020’s been a messy year, to put it lightly.
Like the season finale of a gut-wrenching drama, 2020’s conclusion has been beyond fiery.
Amid what sometimes feels like a political hellscape, Laura Palladino needed a break.
She found the most relaxing thing she could imagine…
A live stream of a pig… 80 miles away.
Others would opt for an episode of The Joy of Painting with Bob Ross, but Laura’s alternative is fascinating.
Unfortunately, Laura didn’t get the tranquillity she craved.
What happened next made her cry.
The pig accidentally knocked the vulnerable heat lamp off the wall!
The hay just made matters worse.
A devastating blaze.
Laura watched shattered as the utter tragedy unfolds.
She was heartbroken, but not hopeless.
So what did she do next?
She became a hero.
This is a pig predicament.
At first, Laura was lost. She was literally the only one watching.
Laura recalls that Friday’s grim events,
“Which is what made, like, my heart sink. Like there was nothing I could do, and it was terrifying.”
She tried calling the farm… but nobody answered.
Then, she tried local police, but the fire was happening 80 miles away!
Laura didn’t stop.
Finally, the farmer picked up just in time.
Two men burst into the barn, dousing the proliferating flames with an extinguisher.
Laura saw it all.
“I started crying, like this is just a lot.”
I can imagine. I’m crying just reading about it!
With the fire suppressed, one of the farmers proceeds to comfort the startled pig.
She surely doesn’t deserve that, but he loves her to death.
He’s so incredibly sorry.
Laura’s eyes stayed glued to the screen.
“You can tell how much he loved those animals.”
Later that week Laura met with the farm’s manager, Josh.
He immediately expressed his deepest gratitude, explaining in an interview with CBS:
“Definitely inspiring to know that there are other people that feel as much affection and love towards these animals as we do.”
Then, Laura met Ethel – the legendary livestream pig.
Somewhat hilariously, Ethel’s the only one not shaken from the other night’s near tragedy.
She’s cool as a cucumber.
It’s like nothing happened… or like she knew she’d be okay.
Don’t sleep on pigs!
Pigs are insanely intelligent.
Their intelligence is actually considered higher than a dog’s, some primates, and even young human children.
They are much more tolerant of cooler temperatures and have no sweat glands, so they cannot sweat.
How do they communicate? By using grunts that dictate their personality and important information
Pigs are highly social animals that love interaction and forming bonds with other animals
In addition, pigs have an excellent memory and can remember things for years and can even remember objects!
These mammals are truly fascinating and go underrated mainly due to their role as farm animals.
If you’re worried about their cleanliness
Pigs in their natural state are very clean animals. They keep their area of pottying far from their living or feeding areas .
Next time you come by the countryside, try interacting with a pig. They enjoy the company
as well as getting rubs, massages, and even playing with toys. You won’t regret it!
As a bonus, we even have a picture of Ethel as a babe!
Piglets are absolutely adorable.
What do you think of Laura’s lifesaving heroics?
Her quick thinking and relentlessness saved the day!
Now and forever, she’s a hero due to her giant heart.
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