Esther the Wonder Pig is 600-pounds of porcine celebrity and she's using her star power for good. Cared for by Steve Jenkins and Derek Walter, who own the Happily Ever Esther Farm Sanctuary in Milton, Ontario, Esther has over 1.3 million followers on Facebook.
After falling ill last year and being referred to the University of Guelph's Ontario Veterinary College, it was determined that Esther needed a computed tomography scan (CT) scan, but her size prevented her from fitting into the college's machine. Her weight actually prevented her from receiving an MRI anywhere in Canada.
The option? Take Esther to the United States, which, because of the regulations with transporting a pig across the border, was not feasible. Without a CT scan, no definitive diagnosis was able to be given. Esther likely has musculoskeletal issues; though she is doing well now, the proper method to help her heal has not been determined.
Jenkins and Walter are leveraging Esther's social media following to help bring a CT to the OVC, where it will help more than just pigs; it will help other large animals as well, including horses. The CT they chose was the Pegaso CT Scanner, which provides very high-resolution images using less radiation.
Their goal was $651,000 CDN; thus far they have surpassed that goal by $20,000 CDN. The duo plans to create an emergency medical fund for sanctuaries and rescue organizations with the additional money. Showing additional support for these entities, one caveat that Jenkins and Walter put in place on the CT scanner was that any registered nonprofit that rescues and rehabilitates large animals could get a discount on its use.
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