In Memoriam – Pigs

We remember those pigs that we have lost over the years and know they had a wonderful life at Piggins and Banks.

Fern

Potbelly PigRescued January 19, 20219/13/2020 – 10/1/2021 Fern was brought to Piggins and Banks by Sussex County Animal Services in the Richmond area as a bonus pig rescue (she tagged along the trip with Bruce and Onyx). She was a sweet piglet who took right to the routine at Piggins and Banks of knowing when mealtimes are and how to get on our good side for a treat. As a piglet she was a great friend to older pig Bertha and kept her company. Unfortunately Fern came down with a respiratory illness and despite our best efforts and vet care, she rapidly declined and passed away. Her death shocked us greatly and she is missed by us and all the other pigs here.

Tulip

Potbelly PigBorn at Piggins and Banks12/31/2020 – 5/21/2021 Tulip was the female pink-colored pig of Madison’s piglets. She had no markings or coloring and was completely pink all over from head to tail. When going in for a routine spay operation, she had to undergo an emergency procedure to repair a ruptured bladder. Two days after her procedure we made the incredibly difficult decision to euthanize her. She was getting worse and in a great deal of pain. She was not drinking nor eating and our vet recommended humane euthanasia so she did not have to suffer any longer. Both Mr. and Mrs. Head Hog were by her side when she passed on a peaceful morning surrounded by the trees and nature that she so enjoyed. Shortly afterwards she was buried in a meadow not far from the barn she was born in on New Year’s Eve (after rescuing her mother Madison who was pregnant at the time). We have named this area “Tulip’s Meadow” in her honor, where other pigs will be buried when they move on from this life. Fields of tulips will also be planted there. (Learn more about her history: Madison, Our Rescued Pregnant Pig, Gives Birth to Piglets)

Lana

Potbelly PigRescued5/1/2003 – 2/3/2021 Lana was a breeder pig from Florida where they sold her babies as “teacup pigs”. She was abused until rescued by Ross Mill Farm and adopted to a family in Virginia that could no longer keep her after a death in the family. We took her in as a pet in 2012 and she lived out her later years surrounded by pig friends and was one of the four original pigs that came to Piggins and Banks when founded in 2020.

Tuck

Potbelly PigFounding Resident10/15/2011 – 9/2/2021 Tuck came from the same farm as Rosie, so they were practically brother and sister and could always be found close to one another. He was the second pig Aaron and Christie Riddle ever owned. His full name was Friar Tuck, but we always called him Tuck for short. He was always in a good mood and loved pets and belly rubs. He passed away suddenly of a heart-attack on September 2, 2021. We are glad that he was able to live the last full year of his life seeing Piggins and Banks grow and welcome many new pig friends.

Mick

Kune Kune PigFounding Resident8/29/2012 – 9/1/2021 Mick was one of the biggest pig here at Piggins and Banks, partly because of his type of breed which fell on the large side (Kune Kune). We watched him grow from a little piglet in 2012 and he was one of our pet pigs that came to Piggins and Banks as a founding resident. He may have looked intimidating with his dark color and tusks, but he was a gentle giant and loved any attention and a good ear scratch. One of our most popular pigs, his sweet face was beloved by so many. He passed away in his sleep at the age of 9. We miss him dearly. Read about Mick’s passing: Mick the Pig Has Passed Away

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