Sophie is a superhero.
This inspiring rescue pig was abandoned with other animals at a farm in Indiana, trying to survive without food and water. Sadly, Sophie’s male companion didn’t make it, but rescuers soon found his lineage would live on.
According to The Dodo, the Humane Society of Elkhart County rescued the pig from her tragic situation and transferred her to Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary in Ohio to live out the rest of her life in comfort, surrounded by compassionate people. It was at her new home that rescuers discovered Sophie was pregnant. The potbellied pig had persevered through abuse to ensure her piglets would have a future.
Wanting to honor Sophie’s amazing mothering skills, the sanctuary hosted a celebration for the pregnant pig. Festivities included a maternity shoot, photographed by Jessica Cvelbar of Enjoy the Ride Photography, to show off the mom-to-be’s beauty.
“Who could possibly turn down a request like that!” Cvelbar told The Dodo. “I gathered up essential maternity photo props, like a tutu, festive banner and a pink ribbon. I am an animal lover, but have never worked up close with a pig before.”
Cvelbar, a novice to pig photography, and Sophie, a first-time model, created maternity magic together. The best shots, in Cvelbar’s opinion, are the ones that show off Sophie’s ample stomach and big smile.
Since posing for pregnancy celebration, Sophie has welcomed her little ones into the world: The pig recently gave birth to seven healthy piglets. A happy ending to a story with a difficult start.