I read this story in a local newspaper. It touched my heart - I hope it will touch yours.
It was early autumn and as the nights were drawing in a man at a local animal sanctuary in Essex had a terrible plight. You see his pot-bellied pig had trouble with the dark and cold wintry days. He had the winter blues, known to us as SAD*. He had lain down in his barn and just didnít want to get up again. All he wanted to do was sleep.
The weeks past and the pig just lay there. By now, the owner of the pig was becoming very worried. It was just not natural for a pig to just want to lie in the barn every day and not to want to go outside into the yard.
The owner tried everything. He put an electric fire next to the pig to warm him up in the hope that the pig might get too hot, get up go outside. But instead the pig just laid there beside the warm fire.
Because the pig wasnít getting up to go outside he wasnít eating. So the owner made some warm cereal mixed with milk and spoon-fed his pig. He hoped that the pig, being filled and nourished, would have the strength to stand up on his trotters again. But it didnít work.
It became obvious that if the pig didnít get up soon he would die. By now the owner was desperate. Then he had an idea. If someone had a hoist - the type used to lift engines in and out of cars they might be able to help get the pig standing up.
So the owner contacted the local newspaper and after a telephone call a reporter from the newspaper came to see him. The newspaper took photographs of him standing beside the pig.
The following week the plight of the pot-bellied pig was headline news. A local car mechanic read the story and called the sanctuary offering his help. The mechanic used his hoist to lift the pig and soon he was up on his trotters again. It wasnít long after that the pig was up and about trotting around the yard again.
* SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder)