Tampa General Hospital Gets a Visit from Adorable Therapy Pigs

Posted by Jason Sarna
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Thunder and Bolt are two therapy pigs on a mission.

Born on March 2, 2017, Thunder (pink one) and Bolt (black one) are brothers who live with their forever family in Tampa, Florida.

According to the Thunder Bolt Pigs website:

"Thunder and Bolt live a life of leisure spending their days eating, sleeping, swimming and lounging by the pool. They do get a little bit of work done each day as they train to become therapy pigs with the hopes of one day cheering up hospital patients."

The two pigs, now certified therapy animals, recently visited the Tampa General Hospital to spread some joy to some of the patients.

According to KTNV, it took Thunder and Bolt nine months of training to become certified therapy animals. Their trainer, Claire Barrow, is only 10 years old, but despite her age, she appears to be a dedicated and talented trainer.

Claire isn't the only one in her family working to bring joy to people in need. Claire's mom, Heather, runs an organization called High Risk Hope, which is dedicated to helping mothers with premature babies.

If you would like to learn more about about Thunder and Bolt, be sure to visit their website. You can also follow them on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Have you ever worked with therapy pigs? Let us know in the comments.

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Tampa General Hospital Gets a Visit from Adorable Therapy Pigs