Injured Pig Loves Watching Christmas Movies While He's On Bedrest In His Stall
“We’ll go in to turn it off for the night and he just looks at us and starts grunting. It’s like he’s saying, ‘Noo, just 10 more minutes!’”
When the weather turns cold, it’s not just humans who like cuddling up to watch a nice Christmas movie.
After spending the past six weeks at Cornell Veterinary Hospital to get fitted for a prosthetic leg, Podge, a 1-year-old rescue pig, returned home to Chatham Animal Haven in Chatham, New York, for some well-deserved rest.
Since Podge was so tuckered out from his long trip — and since he’s not fully mobile yet — Santa decided to bring him a little something special to help him unwind: a flat-screen TV. His caretakers installed it right on the wall of his barn — and to their surprise, he couldn’t get enough.
“We figured it might be comforting for him when myself or the other caretakers aren’t in his stall,” Colleen Carpenter-Rice, cofounder of Chatham Animal Haven, told The Dodo. “I wasn’t sure if he would even care or not, but we started putting on Hallmark Christmas movies and he loves them — especially the music.”
Luckily for Podge, the special treatment will help keep him occupied while he’s resting his legs. As a piglet growing up on a farm, he sustained an injury that stunted the growth in one of his front legs, leaving it a lot shorter than the others. The smaller leg is also missing a full hoof.
As he continues to grow, the unequal weight distribution on his other three legs will likely cause joint problems, Carpenter-Rice said.
“He only has a tiny little hoof on the right leg, so his left leg is suffering such wear and tear,” Carpenter-Rice said. “He’s 300 pounds now and will be around 600 full-grown, so we’re working with him now to get him used to walking with the new boot.”
For now, this means limited supervised time outside since the small hoof gets scraped easily if he tries to walk on it without the boot.
He’s also been separated from the rescue’s other pigs while he recovers, but hasn’t seemed to mind now that he has some movies to watch — and he likes them so much that he doesn’t want his caretakers to turn them off.
“We’ll go in to turn it off for the night and he just looks at us and starts grunting,” Carpenter-Rice said. “It’s like he’s saying, ‘Noo, just 10 more minutes!’”
After seeing Podge watching his TV, some people on Facebook are suggesting the rescue get him a Netflix membership next.
“Netflix for pigs: 'Green Acres', 'Charlotte’s Web' and 'Babe',’” one commenter added.
Although Podge is still getting used to walking in his new boot, Carpenter-Rice hopes to reintegrate him back with the other pigs soon — and maybe then they’ll join him for a movie or two.
“We’re glad for the time being he’s comfortable and happy,” Carpenter-Rice said. “He’s such a sweetheart and whenever you see him look at you with those huge ears you can’t help but smile.”