In 2012, we adopted two piglets, one girl, and one boy. We named these two Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Piggy (or Tiger, for short) and Little Timmy Piglet.
Little did we know the place these two amazing beings would take in our hearts!
As we were very soon to learn, pigs, like the dogs and cats we typically share our homes with, have very unique personalities. Tiger was full of in your face curiosity, and like a human baby everything had to go into her mouth – edible or not! She would bound around the corner after her breakfast and make bok bok bok grunts (which she makes to this day with people she recognises) before launching an assault on whatever toy or thing she could find. To this day she cannot resist buttons, zippers, buckles or shoelaces! She has to have a trial nibble
Little Timmy Piglet on the other hand, was a more snugly baby. He was a boy of lap cuddles and belly-rubs, with the occasional mad fit of dancing thrown in for good measure
As the piglets grew, so did these personalities, with Timmy always keen for a belly rub, and Tiger always needing to know what was going on. The two were now living outside, enjoying digging the dirt with their noses and cooling themselves in their wallow.
Sadly our Little Timmy Piglet, towards the end of 2012, became ill. Our brave man battled recurring infections that ended with him losing his life. In December, the infection must have tragically reached his brain and he passed away suddenly during a vet examination.
That was January 4th of 2013. This little man will not be forgotten. He planted a seed in our hearts, and we will continue to share the message of living with compassion for all living creatures.
We planted an oak tree over his grave _ it seemed to fit well – Timmy was a tiny piglet whom grew to be a young pig of great strength and yet great gentleness. We know his time on this earth although short, was one of great meaning. Little Timmy Piglets Oak tree although small, is a tree of great strength.
We named the sanctuary Little Oak to reflect this and honour Timmy. It is a sanctuary that is small in size, but hopes to be one of great strength the strength of both compassion and information.
Little Oak Sanctuary is situated on over 200 acres of land under an hour from Canberra, the South Coast, Goulburn and under 3 hours from Sydney.
Little Oak Sanctuary is an amazing organisation that does wonderful work with rescued farm animals. They do incredible advocacy work and have open days where you can come and meet the residents.