She Chose Love
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FROM Indraloka Animal Sanctuary
April 2021

I had been going through my own journey to becoming vegan, and there in front of my eyes, Miss Lily Pie simply chose love over food. She didn't overthink, she didn't have regret, she simply chose compassion. I stood there in awe of the being she was in that moment. In that moment, I knew I could choose her, and all of our other nearly 300 rescued friends and the many millions of beings who haven't been rescued.

Pig Miss Lily Pie
Sarah and Miss Lily Pie...

After being rescued from the side of a highway, tiny and alone, Miss Lily Pie chose me as her best friend.

During her first year at Indraloka, she was a wild woman in all the best ways. She loved belly rubs, wiggling, and running, and she yelled louder than anyone I've ever known. Miss Lily Pie knew the sound of my car, and when I pulled into the driveway she would start calling to me until I got to her pasture. The only thing she loved as much as me, was meal time. Lily was incredibly food motivated, demanding the sweetest berries and the freshest greens as soon as a pang of hunger crept in.

The world stopped moving when Lily was ready for dinner.

One night, I arrived at the sanctuary. She was a full grown 600 pound pig by then and I thought she had already eaten dinner. I climbed into her pasture and we curled up together like we always do. A few minutes later, I heard the gate click open. A caregiver was carrying a very large bowl of grain, and bananas, two of Lily's favorite things.

Everyone froze, understanding that if she went wild I could be in danger.

I very quietly asked the caregiver to slowly place the bowl on the ground and to step back out of the pasture. When they did, the most unbelievable thing happened. Miss Lily Pie lifted her face and looked at that bowl of fresh fruit and grain, and then turned and looked me in the eyes, sighed a big deep breath, and she pulled me tighter into a hug. We stayed there together until I whispered, "Lily, it's okay, I know you're hungry and my feelings won't be hurt if you get up." She kissed me with her muddy snout, gingerly stood and let me stand with her, and walked carefully to the bowl to eat dinner.

I stood there in awe of the being she was in that moment.

I had been going through my own journey to becoming vegan, and there in front of my eyes, Miss Lily Pie simply chose love over food. She didn't overthink, she didn't have regret, she simply chose compassion. She chose me. In that moment, I knew I could choose her, and all of our other nearly 300 rescued friends and the many millions of beings who haven't been rescued. It was that simple. Miss Lily Pie is remarkable, and she celebrates her six year rescue-versary on this Sunday. Lily has grown into a calm, funny, kind pig who is not nearly so food motivated, and very seldom wild. Lily and I still snuggle, we are still best friends, and we both still choose love over food. She continues to teach me life lessons every day, and to yell when my car pulls up, and to encourage people to be the best versions of themselves- simply by being Miss Lily Pie. The world is a better place because she is in it.

Miss Lily Pie is one of 12 pigs at Indraloka. You can help take care of them by joining their circle of compassion. Your support will make sure that she and all of her friends have the food, shelter, love and care that they need to continue their happy lives.


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