Pig Jumps from Truck on Its Way to a Slaughterhouse, Gives Birth to 9 Piglets

This little piggy escaped market and gave birth to nine healthy piglets, who are now enjoying their freedom at an animal sanctuary.

The brave sow jumped from a moving flatbed truck near Sacramento, California and miraculously landed on grass, according to an account by Animal Place.

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Animal control officers were able to catch her before transporting her to a shelter usually only reserved for dogs and cats. As the shelter waited for an owner to claim her, as is law, she gave birth to 14 piglets.

Nine of the tiny pigs survived, and when no one came to claim their mom, Animal Place took in the whole family. A video shows the piglets hopping around in the dirt and enjoying their new home in Grass Valley, California.

"They are now free to root in the dirt, nurse from mom, race around, make new friends, play with siblings and nap!" the sanctuary wrote on the video.

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The mother pig, now named Rita, is also warming up to her rescuers, especially when they give her grapes and cantaloupe, according to the shelter. 

For more information about Animal Place and the work they do, visit their website here.

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