This pig prodigy went from being led to the butcher’s block to becoming a world-class painter – which is why her rescuers decided to name her Pigcasso.
Pigcasso was saved from a livestock farming facility in 2016 thanks to rescuers from the Farm Sanctuary SA just outside of Cape Town, South Africa.
Shortly after she was rescued, her caretakers presented her with some toys and objects for her to play with – and she immediately took a liking to a set of paintbrushes.
When her rescuers set out some non-toxic paints and canvases to go with the brushes, Pigcasso revealed herself to be a proficient painter.
Pigcasso’s rescuers started selling their porker’s prized paintings on the internet, all of which are signed with an imprint of her snout in the corner. All of the proceeds generated from the paintings go towards supporting the sanctuary and raising awareness for animal rights.
With some of her artworks raising as much as $4,000, Pigcasso’s work has raked in over $145,000 to benefit the sanctuary that saved her.
In 2018, the 3-year-old swine became the first animal to ever have her own art exhibition. Her “OINK” exhibition ended up catching the attention of Swiss watchmaker Swatch, and they are now collaborating to create a series of colorful watches celebrating the Chinese Year of the Pig.
“I am so proud of Pigcasso,” Pigcasso’s handler Joanne Lefson told CBS News. “From pork chop to global Swatch designer, it’s just another reason to see pigs as the smart creative divas that they are — and to eat less bacon and to go shopping instead!”
(WATCH Pigcasso in action below)
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