WATCH NOW: Video of Alan Edmonds, APNM Cruelty Case Manager, speaking at the Bernalillo County Press Conference.
Charlotte doesn't need to speak any human language in order to convey how grateful she is to have escaped whatever fate waited on the other side of that burlap sack.
On a sunny, but chilly, February afternoon, Charlotte roots around in the hay, scattering a handful of noisy roosters, then immediately runs off to the water trough with about a dozen rescued geese and turkeys. Two other rescued pigs lounge nearby, where Charlotte struts over for a nice long back scratch against the peeling bark of a plump, light dogwood. Charlotte is so friendly, knowing no stranger, that she'll skip over frequently for a pat behind the ears, all while nuzzling your knees and munching on your shoelaces.
She's also a big fan of belly rubs.
"By their nature, pigs are incredibly friendly and social," Edmonds explained. "They experience feelings and emotions, like happiness or sadness, fear or love. Pigs are as playful as dogs, affectionate, and very smart."