Wiggles got a lucky break.
The piglet broke her leg, likely after falling off a livestock truck on Highway 401. But she was rescued and will end up at a good home instead of an abattoir.
Good Samaritan Brian Bowes was on his way to work in Cambridge Monday morning when he saw the piglet lying by the side of the road, “shivering like crazy.” There was an accident up ahead, Bowes said, so he was doing about 40 to 60 km/h in the fast lane, westbound on Highway 401 near Mavis Road.
He pulled over, bundled the piglet into his car and turned around. Forty-five minutes later, he was downtown, handing her over to the Toronto Humane Society on River Street.
“I’m a regular animal lover,” said Bowes, adding he handled the piglet despite the swine flu scare.
Bowes didn’t see a livestock truck, but there’s no question in his mind the piglet had fallen off one.
At the animal shelter, vets gave the dehydrated piglet water through a syringe, and she wiggled her backside — hence the name Wiggles.
Wiggles is set to have surgery this week, perhaps as early as today.