(Edison Wetlands Association video)
EDISON – The environmental nonprofit Edison Wetlands Association (EWA) rescued a Vietnamese pot-bellied pig and gave him a home at their Triple C Ranch and Nature Center, located in the heart of the 1,250-acre Dismal Swamp Conservation Area.
In the fall, Edison High School’s Student Council held a pep rally with a pig-kissing event, where they raised money through a penny-wars style campaign. The teacher with the most money in the jug at the end of the week had to kiss a pig at their annual pep rally. A deal made with Rutgers for a pig fell through at the last minute, leaving Edison High with no choice but to purchase one. With no home secured for the pot-bellied kisser after the event, but with Edison High having become attached to him, the school reached out to EWA with the hope of keeping him close by at the Triple C Ranch for the students to visit.
“Edison High School would like to thank the Triple C Ranch for welcoming our pig. The Kiss-the-Pig event at the fall pep rally was a fun way to show school spirit,” said Amanda Hanas, student council adviser of Edison High School. “We’re glad that he has a home within Edison where we can watch him grow for years to come.”
Following the adoption, EWA partnered with MUTTS Comics to host a naming contest for the piglet from Nov. 26 to Dec. 3. After soliciting names from the public, and polling the top results, the name “Edison,” or “Eddy” for short, received the most votes. The runner up, “Hamlet,” will be used as the pig’s middle name, since it was such a close call. Two voters were randomly selected as winners of the upcoming MUTTS Comic strip that will feature “Eddy Hamlet,” signed by MUTTS artist Patrick McDonnell.
EWA will host a meet and greet for the piglet on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Triple C Ranch & Nature Center located at 206 Tyler Road in Edison.
EWA has also launched their annual “Save-A-Friend” Campaign, which aims at raising funding to support all of the rescued animals including Shorty the Pony, Jack the Ram, a herd of Nigerian Dwarf Goats, chickens, ducks, and Lurkey Turkey. This year the star of the campaign will feature the newly adopted Eddy Hamlet.
“We count on our friends and supporters this time of year to help us raise money for our rescued animal friends who would otherwise have no food, shelter, or veterinary care available,” said Robert Spiegel, executive director of Edison Wetlands Association. “The Triple C Ranch and Nature Center counts on the generosity of those who are committed to the mission of the Edison Wetlands Association. We encourage everyone to come out on Saturday to meet our new piglet and enjoy the Triple C Ranch before we close to the public for the season.”
EWA is a grassroots nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment through conservation, preservation, and restoration in New Jersey.
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