Pastis the pig lives high on the hog in Belgian retirement home
The 10-year-old, 90-kg (200-pound) Vietnamese pot-bellied pig is one of 150 aging animals, including dogs, goats, horses, and sheep, living out their final days in peace at "Les Petits Vieux" ("The Little Old Ones") in rural southern Belgium.
All the animals either have health problems or have been abandoned because their owners were too old to care for them.
They are never in cages and are free to play with each other, indoors and out, although many choose to merely lounge quietly on the sofas.
"We wanted to recreate family life for the animals," said Valerie Luycx, who founded the shelter in 2000 with her husband Serge and knows all the animals by name.
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