Until a few months ago it had no name. Of course, it was not “necessary” to become fond of her. Although she had been raised from a young age as a dog is raised, unfortunately her end was going to be another. The idea was that the sow would give birth to different litters of offspring destined for sale throughout her life. And, eventually over the years, send it to the slaughterhouse. However, when they discovered that the sow could never get pregnant, plans for her soon changed and its fate was announced: it would be that of many other animals considered for “consumption”. They were going to butcher her.
Agustina Rebagliati, who is a researcher and expert in equine behavior and languagehe met her because he noticed that the pig had a special affinity with Tango, one of the horses that lives in his field from the town of Mercedes, in the province of Buenos Aires.
“I met her because she became friends with one of my horses and therefore we began to see each other more often. They were together all day they sniffed each other… noses with nostrils and stayed together. She followed Tango all the time and it was something that generated a lot of tenderness and admiration in me for the way of bonding. I named her Pepa. She belonged to a neighbor and from talking to him I learned that she had been raised as a baby as a dog. The idea was that she would give birth. Pepa couldn’t get pregnant and so they were going to butcher her”, she recalls.
But she and her friend and neighbor Marina Acosta were not about to let Pepa walk silently to her tragic fate. They will begin by reaching out to her neighbor and discussing other options for her. It was a difficult task but they were not willing to give up. “Pepa is docile, intelligent and sociable. We told her that she should sell it to us, that we would give her the life that she deserved from her. We had a hard time convincing him because her diet was special to give good meat – chicken feed, leftovers and grass but no meat – and he was firm in her position. Days passed and he began to realize that Pepa had established a relationship with me and my horses. We insist so much that he was sorry to kill her and decided to sell her to us. We had made it. Thanks to many people who collaborated, we held a raffle, we received donations and we were able to buy it.”
Now the time had come to get her a home where she would be respected and loved. There were long days of calls, inquiries, proposals that did not materialize and a lot of fear for not being able to fulfill the commitment they had assumed. But good will and empathy prevailed, once again, and paid off. Today Pepa lives with others of her kind in the house of a neighbor in the area, Pablo Pasadore, who opened the doors of her house to join a good cause.
“Pepa is very intelligent. When she arrived at her new home, we kept her isolated for three days in a space conditioned for her so that she would become familiar with the smells, noises and movements of the place and not escape from it. Finally, when we let her out to meet her, her attitude was amazing: she walked the place, sniffed every corner and soon took a leading role among her kind. She is one body apart from the other little pigs, so she was left as a kind of loving guide”.
Although Pepa never crossed paths with Tango again, the horse that offered her friendship at a difficult time, Agustina believes that the opportunity will not be lacking. “I understand that that friendship or that connection served so that she could live. Maybe one day they will meet again.”
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