Peggy the Potbellied Pig


Peggy and Larry, two potbellied pigs, were discovered in Sept. 2011 by a Maryland resident where they had been dumped in a fenced-in area of a park. With much coaxing the woman was able to trap them and brought them to a small “sanctuary” where she believed they would be well-cared for.

 Four days later, Peggy gave birth to four piglets. As it turned out, the “sanctuary" took care of Peggy’s most basic needs, but not much else. Two months later, Peggy disappeared and an employee found Peggy hiding in a distant shed, suffering an injury. Despite volunteer requests to take Peggy to a vet, no additional care was provided other than putting her into a small pen.

Finally a volunteer convinced the owner to let her take Peggy to a vet at her own expense where X-rays revealed her femur was broken in 3 places, possibly from a mule kick, and required extensive surgery. The owner refused. With the assistance of the Pig Placement Network, the volunteer managed to get Peggy relinquished into her hands so she could bring her for the needed surgery.

 Dr. Jonathan Bergmann of AHS/Popcorn Park along with Dr. Kevin Simmons, an orthopedic surgeon, performed the lengthy operation at Popcorn Park, followed by 5 weeks of rest and intensive follow-up care. This was followed by additional weeks of rehab.
Peggy enjoys a nice area with plenty of grass where she can munch away happily to her heart's content. Peggy would love some devoted sponsors.

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Animal Info

  • Peggy the Potbellied Pig
  • Popcorn Park
  • Farm Animals
  • Sponsors Wanted
  • Wildlife Club

The Popcorn Park Wildlife Club is a special sponsorship program designed to help support the residents of the refuge. Through a monthly donation you will help provide all that is needed for that particular animal's well-being, and in return, you will receive regular updates from your sponsored animal!

Popcorn Park was established in 1977 for the sole purpose of providing a refuge for wildlife that were sick, elderly, abandoned , abused, or injured, and which could no longer survive in its natural habitat. As time went on, we expanded to include exotic and domestic animals. All our residents once faced these circumstances, as well as exploitation and illegal ownership. Over 200 of these animals and birds now live in spacious surroundings in the heart of the scenic Pine Barrens in southern New Jersey. The Refuge, which is federally licensed, comprises seven acres and is graced by the indigenous Scrub Oak and Scrub Pine. You may be greeted at the gate by a gaggle of geese, but soon you will see a marvelous array of animals including a lion and lionesses. tigers, mountain lions, baboons, a serval cat, and more. Many different types of monkeys clamor for your attention in the monkey house, and the Refuge abounds with all kinds of native wildlife such as white-tailed deer, bobcats, and American black bears. Farm animals such as horses, steer. sheep, pigs, llamas and goats often look for a handout, and reptiles and tortoises enjoy their own special house. In addition, you'll find numerous species of birds have made themselves comfortable throughout the park. But what makes Popcorn Park so special is that each animal was rescued from suffering, exploitation and/or death - each has its own unique story to tell. You will learn these stories as you walk through the Refuge and as you visit this section of our web site. You have entered a quiet world where all the residents were once in danger and now are safe. So start your journey - bring your curiosity and respect for these beautiful creatures.

  • Popcorn Park
  • 1 Humane Way
  • P.O. Box 43
  • Forked River, New Jersey 08731
  • Daily: 11 AM - 5 PM; Holidays: 11 AM - 2 PM
  • (609) 693-1900