It was a miracle that Charles, the family pig, made it out alive.
Last Monday a massive wildfire swept through the woods of Tennessee, endangering Rob Holmes and his family, including their four dogs, cat, and the family pig, Charles.
The fire initially trapped them inside their home, but it wasn't long before circumstances demanded that they make a break for it.
Holmes wrote on Facebook:
"All hell broke loose. The trees snapped and the power lines dangled over our driveway. We could not get the cars out and the smoke was so bad our 18-month son Wyatt was having a hard time breathing."
When the family fled, they managed to take their dogs and cat along with them to safety at a neighbor's house, and then a hotel. But they were distraught because they were unable to get Charles to safety with them.
When a neighbor called Holmes the following day, he gave them the worst news a homeowner can get -- the house had completely burned to the ground. But he gave some great news as well -- Charles the pig was alive.
The family rushed to the property to find Charles burrowed into the ground. Holmes describes;
"When I arrived ... I couldn't believe my eyes. Charles had burrowed in the mud to survive. The lord let us keep Charles. How else could he [have] survived 800 degree temperatures. The alloy rims were melted off the car."
Charles was singed and had suffered burns on his hooves. He was also very dehydrated and refused to eat, so the family gave him fluids.
But it turned out that Charles had inhaled so much smoke, that he needed expert care. They took him to the University of Tennessee Veterinary Hospital for treatment, where they visit him every day.
"Charles is doing exceptionally well," Holmes wrote in a Facebook post on Tuesday. "He got up to greet us and looks really good. He is still not wanting to get up much due to the burns on his hooves. But his spirit is back."
Though life for the Holmes family will never be the same, all of its members -- including Charles -- are safe and together once more.
All photos via Rob Holmes/Facebook
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