Esther the Wonder Pig Is Sick and Canada Wants to Quarantine Her

Posted by Stacey Venzel
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Owners of giant pig known as Esther the Wonder Pig are fighting border-crossing regulations to ensure their beloved pet gets quality care.

A pig who leapt to the spotlight through a best-selling book and thriving social media accounts recently fell ill with an unknown illness, possibly resulting in a seizure.

Esther the Wonder Pig resides in Canada with her owners Derek Walter and Steve Jenkins, but treatment is being sought in the U.S.

Staff at Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph, Ontario have given Esther expert treatment, but the 650-pound animal is in need of a CT scan.

Because of Esther's size, the pig requires a large-scale machine, which they have found at Cornell University Veterinary Hospital in Ithaca, New York.

Maybe we should reconsider going to New York, the Netflix selection is way better down there.

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However, since she is a livestock species, Canada calls for a three-week quarantine period with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) upon Esther's return, and her guardians are concerned she will be treated as livestock, not a pet.

Jenkins said, "These guys are in the business of processing pigs, not protecting them."

More than 105,000 people have signed a petition asking that the quarantine requirement be lifted for this pig that Jenkins and Walter consider a member of the family.

It's called fashion, Dad. Look it up.

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Esther's medical condition is currently stable while the CFIA works with the pig's owners to come to a solution.


You can show Esther your support by signing the petition here. And donations for Esther's medical services can be made here.

What do you think about Esther the Wonder Pig's quarantine requirement? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Esther the Wonder Pig Is Sick and Canada Wants to Quarantine Her