Image via estherthewonderpig/Instagram
Esther the Wonder Pig made history on August 8th when she became the largest animal to receive a CT Scan in Canada.
Esther--who is 650 pounds--came down with a mystery illness in November. However, due to her unusually large size, veterinarians from the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph said she could not be diagnosed.
“We thought she was having a heart attack,” Esther’s owner Steve Jenkins tells the Toronto Sun. He says it was the worst feeling knowing she was sick.
The only scanner large enough to fit 650-pound pet pig is called the Pegaso CT Scanner—the largest of its kind in the world. Unfortunately, this device was only available in the U.S. at the time, and there was a lot of red tape to transport Esther there and back.
Esther’s two owners, Jenkins and Derek Walter, wouldn’t let travel challenges get in the way of bringing their sweet pet pig back to good health. The two decided to start fundraising to bring the scanner to Canada to help not just Esther, but other large animals who are in need.
“This device will open countless doors for the medical professionals at OVC, and allow them to accurately diagnose/treat large animals in a way that was previously impossible,” the duo wrote in a Facebook post. “This machine will benefit so many animals too, from horses and pigs, to lions and gorillas. Animals that until now, were typically overlooked.”
Following Esther’s CT Scan, Jenkins and Walter say they are looking forward to establishing Esther’s treatment plan. “And until then, please think happy thoughts,” the post says.
You can follow Esther the Wonder Pig’s journey on her Facebook page.
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