Gandalf never knew what it felt like to feel the warm sun on his face and the grass beneath his trotters.
Confined to a tiny 1 x 2m enclosure for his entire life, Gandalf spent four years knee deep in his own urine and faeces. He was almost starved to death and his confinement left him barely able to walk.
Gandalf was rescued by Mino Valley Farm Sanctuary after a plea was made on social media to save him and his two piggy friends, Frodo and Arwen.
Travelling through the night to reach the sanctuary, Gandalf had to sleep in the transport van. In the morning staff were thrilled to see he had made an impressive nest with the hay provided, despite never having the opportunity to build one before.
As he was so skinny and malnourished, it has taken a long time for Gandalf to regain his body condition, and he is still recovering now. While it is a long road to recovery, Gandalf has built back the strength in his legs and no longer has to drag himself around.
Living at the sanctuary has allowed Gandalf to express his natural behaviours. So when he’s not rolling in a mud-bathe to cool off, he’s busy getting his snout dirty digging for roots. Gandalf also loves to bathe in the heat and he’s always the first one out when the morning sunlight begins to shine.
As his confidence has returned, his cheeky personality has emerged. Gandalf is a big fan of wellington boots and is often caught stealing them whenever he’s given the chance. He’s left many of his care givers hopping around with only one boot!
Story courtesy of Mino Valley Farm Sanctuary