One of two baby pigs taken from Bi-Zi Farms returned to mother

VANCOUVER — Community members received some happy news and some sad news over the weekend after first finding out that two baby pigs were stolen from their momma at Bi-Zi Farms sometime overnight on Saturday.

 

After posting on their Facebook page Sunday morning about the missing piglets, some good news was announced a few hours later that one of the babies was recovered and returned to its mother. According to the owners of Bi-Zi Farms, the piglet was found underneath a vehicle at the home of a Battle Ground family.

This American Guinea hog, Patty, was upset to have two of her three 2-week-old piglets taken from her sometime overnight on Saturday. Fortunately, she was reunited with one, but the other was found deceased. Photo from Bi-Zi Farms Facebook page
This American Guinea hog, Patty, was upset to have two of her three 2-week-old piglets taken from her sometime overnight on Saturday. Fortunately, she was reunited with one, but the other was found deceased. Photo from Bi-Zi Farms Facebook page

Unfortunately, this happy news was met with some sad news later in the day Sunday when it was announced via Facebook that the second baby pig was discovered deceased. A neighboring Battle Ground family, who lived close to where the first baby pig was found, returned home that day and discovered the piglet deceased in their yard.

Patty, an American Guinea hog, is shown here with her three young piglets, Larry, Curly and Moe. After two of the babies were stolen from Bi-Zi Farms on Saturday night, one was found and returned and the other, Moe, was found deceased. Photo from NW Love All Animal Rescue’s Facebook page
Patty, an American Guinea hog, is shown here with her three young piglets, Larry, Curly and Moe. After two of the babies were stolen from Bi-Zi Farms on Saturday night, one was found and returned and the other, Moe, was found deceased. Photo from NW Love All Animal Rescue’s Facebook page

The two piglets, American Guinea hogs, were only 2 weeks old and are two of three born to the mother pig, Patty. The babies and their mother are actually on loan at Bi-Zi Farms from NW Love All Animal Rescue in Battle Ground, run by Tracy Nichols.

 

Nichols said they have had Patty, the mother pig, for about a year and these three piglets were her first litter, making this incident even more upsetting for her and everyone at the animal rescue. Every year, NW Love All Animal Rescue provides animals to the pumpkin patch at Bi-Zi Farms, and Nichols said they all work very hard to prepare for this seasonal event.

This litter of American Guinea hogs was the very first litter to Patty, the mother pig. Patty was happy to have one of two babies that were stolen returned to her on Sunday. Photo from NW Love All Animal Rescue’s Facebook page
This litter of American Guinea hogs was the very first litter to Patty, the mother pig. Patty was happy to have one of two babies that were stolen returned to her on Sunday. Photo from NW Love All Animal Rescue’s Facebook page

“We appreciate all of our community support as we solely rely on them to keep this rescue and sanctuary going,” Nichols said. “Two days ago we had a meeting and decided on naming the piglets Larry, Curly and Moe. Sadly, Moe didn’t survive and he was the smallest piglet and needed his mother most.”

 

“It’s very unfortunate people have to steal without looking at the the whole circumstances,” Nichols continued. “We are so very thankful for everyone in helping find them. We will still continue to help with this event and will be doing more for the community in the future.”

 

Posts on the Bi-Zi Farms’ Facebook page thanked all of the community members who offered hopes and prayers during this stressful incident, and also let people know how happy momma pig Patty was to have one of her missing babies returned to her.

 

To learn more about NW Love All Animal Rescue, visit their Facebook page. To receive updates about Bi-Zi Farms and their events, visit their Facebook Page or their website. Bi-Zi Farms is located at 9504 NE 119th St., Vancouver, in the Brush Prairie area.   

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About The Author

Joanna Nicole Yorke is a 2010 graduate of the Edward R. Murrow School of Communication at Washington State University in Pullman. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism with a minor in political science. Yorke is a Clark County native, growing up on her family's 12-acre farm in La Center where her family still resides today. She was previously a reporter at The Reflector Newspaper, covering the city of Battle Ground, the Battle Ground School District and a variety of other areas and topics.

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