Video: How did Simon, a rescued pig, learn to trust?
The beautiful thing at Animal Aid is that, although the first day for arriving patients is pretty scary, within about 24 hours most all of them are calm and content.
We think the reason is that the animals themselves communicate the sense of safety and happiness they experience. Not only do the staff and volunteers immediately begin comforting new patients, but the other animals seem to reassure them with their own serenity and playfulness.
Readers might remember learning about our new rescued handicapped pig, a young male named Simon, who arrived like a miracle—the same age, size and with a similar disability to our extremely loving pig Stacey.
But Simon was very different from Stacey. He was terrified by humans. Even the sweetest voices, food and kindness sent Simon scurrying away from us as fast as he could.
But gradually we started noticing a change. In the first stage, Simon and Stacey started to enjoy spending time together, sleeping closer and closer to each other, and to donkeys Stampella and TeddyBear.
Within a few weeks, there was some socializing progress and Simon’s squeals of terror gave way to mere grumbling. After a few more weeks, if we took care not to look at him directly he would allow you to sit near him and would take his favorite veggies out of your hand—mind you, he didn’t want you to look at him and definitely rejected the idea of any physical contact.
But something new has happened. And we know that the art of persuasion all belonged to…Stacey herself!
Thinking of volunteering? Stacey and Simon are two more reasons to decide Yes in 2013!