Invisible Voices

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Morty & Izzy: 4 week old update

Izzy and Morty are doing great. They’re growing quickly, especially Morty. Terry is still feeding them every 3 hours, and is begging them to start eating solid food, to no avail. They won’t even drink their formula from a dish, only from the bottle! Bad piggies!

They are 4 weeks old today. That means Terry has not gotten a solid night sleep for 28 days straight!

It is so interesting to watch them play at this age – they play in similar ways to puppies. Today they were entertained by pieces of paper towel, which they would pick up in their mouths and then shake their heads. We’ve all seen puppies do the exact same thing!

When Izzy and Morty play with each other, Izzy gets pushed around by Morty. But he doesn’t seem to be bothered by it, and in fact Izzy is often the instigator. He’s feisty, he’s a fighter. Terry thinks it is a miracle that Izzy has survived, given how delicate he was, and really still is, and given some of the problems he had at the beginning. But he’s a fighter. We always come back to that. He has such a strong will to live, it seems to have helped him overcome some pretty dismal odds.

I think about that will of his, that strength, that determination. It seems significant in him, because he had long odds to overcome from day one. Really, that will to live is the same in all of the animals at the sanctuary. It is the same in all animals everywhere. It is really hard for me to understand why more people don’t respect that. Why they don’t appreciate it, why the answer isn’t “yes, let them live,” but is instead “I don’t care as long as they taste good.”

What is that about?

Go vegan, world. Compassion is a beautiful thing.


10 responses to “Morty & Izzy: 4 week old update

  1. kaiser October 17, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    i can’t believe we’re missing out on this 😦

  2. Marina October 18, 2009 at 8:31 am

    I love that you post video updates of these little guys. You are an awesome photographer, but some things, like this shaking behavior, are just better seen via video. :o) They’re so cute I can’t stand it!!!

  3. Becky October 18, 2009 at 10:59 am

    That may be the cutest video I’ve seen today!

  4. Deb October 18, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    @kaiser – any business trips coming up? 🙂

    @Marina – there definitely are things that are better via video. tricky to juggle both, and i’m pretty bad as a videographer! But in cases like this, better than nothing I guess! lol. they are really adorable.

    @Becky – they’re hard to top! 🙂

  5. nothoney October 18, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    Oh, wait’ll you see them in their sweaters! I took a few pics with my iPhone today of Izzy with his pink sweater on, but Morty didn’t get his red sweater on until later. They followed us up to sheep and goats and hung out for a while before going back inside to warm up. I got to feed Morty today. That was fun!

    There’s a twitpic I posted today of Izzy and Morty, if you’re interested. They move so fast it’s hard to get their picture!


  6. niki October 18, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    Aww, very sweet. Piglets are just the cutest!!
    I wish I could have my own animal sanctuary!

  7. Deb October 18, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    @nothoney – yeah, I was bummed that the weather was too nasty for them to run around outside in their sweaters! They were very cute! Next week, maybe.

    @niki – i know what you mean! I always want to save them all, but the reality of a sanctuary is a lot harder than I think most of us can realize unless we start one ourselves. It is actually super important to be a people person! (Definitely not me!) And there is so much paperwork, and a lot of really hard (and sometimes heartbreaking) decisions. I’ve come to be really glad that I don’t run a sanctuary, but that I have the chance to volunteer at one every week. I get all the best, imo, without any of the hard stuff. 🙂

  8. kelly g. October 21, 2009 at 12:28 am

    Oh my dog, the cuteness!

  9. veganprimate October 21, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    That’s great that you can volunteer at a sanctuary. I wouldn’t be able to do any work, though, b/c I would just be hanging out with the animals all day. Someone else can shovel.

  10. Deb October 21, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    @kelly – unbearable, isn’t it? 🙂

    @veganprimate – they make it tough sometimes, they’re just so lovable. Of course not all of them want anything at all to do with humans (who can blame them?) but very often in the goat yard some goats will just come up and lean on us. Helpless, we shrug and give them some loving. It’s just part of our duties, honest! And in the pig yard it is pretty much required to give belly rubs. (On muddy days this is done with the muck rakes!)

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