In a video of Fern’s trip to her new home after leaving the animal shelter, sanctuary cofounder Shawn Camp cuddles the small piglet in her arms. As they approach a transport truck driving in the other lane, Fern instantly begins fearfully squirming and squealing as if she was experiencing pain.
“We have never heard her scream like that since that moment,” Wilde said of the video footage. “It was almost like she was experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder. She recognized the truck.”
Now fully recovered from the road rash and trauma from that day, Fern has settled in comfortably to her new home. Since she’s only a few months old — and far too small to live full-time alongside the sanctuary’s other resident pigs — Fern has what Wilde calls her own “pig apartment” inside the home on the property.