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Piglet rescued after fall from slaughterhouse-bound truck

09/24/2013 11:55 EDT | Updated 11/24/2013 05:12 EST
Falling off a transport truck may be the best thing that could have happened to a piglet who was on his way to be slaughtered, but will now live the rest of his life in an animal sanctuary.

Last Wednesday evening, Quebec provincial police found the month-old piglet wandering along Highway 30 near Brossard.

It seems he had tumbled from a truck that was taking him to a farm, where he would be prepared for slaughter.

"The people who were following that trailer saw the piglet sneak through a hole and fall off the trailer," says Sûreté du Québec spokeswoman, Joyce Kemp.

Kemp says police called animal control officers, who came to pick up the piglet.

Through an online network of animal lovers, the piglet ended up getting a ride to the Wishing Well animal sanctuary north of Toronto.

Brenda Bronfman — who is originally from Westmount and opened the sanctuary two years ago — named him Yoda.

"He just loves to crawl into people's laps and be held. He's a little angel," says Bronfman.

Bronfman says Yoda has a few bumps and scrapes, but the vet gave him a clean bill of health last night.

She says Yoda is doing everything a little pig should be doing, and she's even bought him a little sweater to keep him warm.

The Wishing Well Sanctuary permanently adopts animals, meaning that Yoda never has to leave the farm.

"He's just going to live the rest of his, god willing, long life. And will be happy with the other pigs and all the attention. There is always somebody on the farm, and he will just be loved for the rest of his natural life," says Bronfman.

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