TAKE A STAND: The I-26 Pig


CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The drama of what's become known as the I-26 pig shutdown has captured a lot of attention.

Last Thursday, eastbound lanes were shut down by a 500-pound pig. Witnesses say the pig fell off a truck, likely on its way to the slaughterhouse.

Despite a bad case of road rash and getting hit by a car, the pig somehow survived and ended up in the care of the Charleston Animal Society. They named the pig Babe.

Vets were concerned because Babe couldn't stand up for a few days. We're told Babe is now standing, still sore, but is recovering.

We're told Babe doesn't like pig food. He prefers strawberries and vegetables. That's expensive, so if you want to help, a donation to the Charleston Animal Society would help feed Babe and the other animals.

But here's the best news of all.

The Animal Society had said if the owner didn't claim babe, he would be put up for adoption. The owner hasn't come forward. The animal society says they will make sure Babe ends up somewhere and cared for. That's awesome.

The way I see it, if you fall off a truck on the way to the slaughterhouse, get hit by a car on I-26 and survive, Babe deserves to be spared and live out his life in his favorite mud hole eating as many strawberries as he wants.

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