Mingling amongst mutts and pedigrees of all shapes and sizes, Wilbur Pig capped off his day at the Peninsula Pet and Pony Expo, Victoria, Australia, on Sunday Nov. 25 with a centre stage appearance. Accustomed to bright lights, adoring fans and media frenzy, Wilbur amicably munched and snored his way through the day while his guardian, Pam Ahern told the captivated crowd of his whirlwind rise to fame.
“For the past 12 months Wilbur and his human entourage have toured Victoria reminding people that although Wilbur may look a little different to their beloved pets his needs are much the same as theirs. Sadly our legislation doesn’t see it this way, allowing animal industries to put profits above animals, meaning gentle creatures just like Wilbur can be subject to acts of cruelty we would never allow to occur to our beloved pets”.
Under a beautifully clear summer sky, hundreds of animal lovers came together to celebrate the animals that have taken over their homes and hearts. Taking a day off from farm duties at Edgar’s Mission farm sanctuary, his home in Willowmavin, which he shares with over 100 other rescued animals, Wilbur happily posed for photographs and was the curiosity of many a dog.
“With Christmas just around the corner, there is no better time to create peace and goodwill for all living beings. Wilbur has indeed proved a worthy ambassador for farm animals today,” concluded a very proud porcine guardian Pam Ahern.
*Edgar’s Mission is a not for profit sanctuary for rescued farm animals and our outreach centre aims to expand the public’s circle of compassion to encompass all animals.
“If we could live happy and healthy lives without harming others, why wouldn’t we?”