No one else in the area kept pigs, and when Nelder asked the council ranger and her neighbors about the pig's mysterious arrival, no one had any information to share. She came to the conclusion that someone had deliberately dropped Willy-Joel off at the gate, probably because they couldn't - or didn't want to - care for him anymore.
Nelder and the sanctuary volunteers put him in a separate gated enclosure until the veterinarian could come over to neuter him. But Willy-Joel had different ideas. "That night he broke into the main pig pen and he and Patchy Pig fell instantly in love," Nelder tells The Dodo. "They spooned and went on romantic moonlit walks together and snuggles together at night. We separated them, but the next two nights we found them snuggled up again. We were worried, but we knew that Patchy was very old so we hoped she wouldn't get pregnant."