Christmas Comes Early To The Navan Couple Who Lost 2 Pot-Bellied Pigs

There’s a happy outcome to a tragic story that unfolded a few weeks ago. Remember the Navan couple whose beloved pet pot-bellied pigs were shot dead by a confused hunter last month? Matt Nooyen and Lianne Guilbeault were heartbroken after an acquaintance apparently mistook the animals for wild boars and killed Pickles and Rosie just metres from the couple’s home in Navan. After the story broke, the couple received letters of condolence from right across Canada, the U.S. and even Europe.

Now there’s word a couple from B.C. who run a hobby farm in West Kelowna have reached out to Matt and Lianne with an offer to replace the pets with newly born piglets. And Air Canada has offered to deliver them – free of charge. Later this month the now three-kilogram piglets will fly together in a small travel kennel designed to carry dogs. Jeanne Kaminski, one of the owners of the hobby farm in B.C. says the baby pigs will travel with a few favourite toys, a blanket, and of course food and water.

Matt and Lianne say the kindness of the gesture has helped ease the devastation they felt after their pigs were killed. According to Matt; “To find faith in humanity after something like this — you hear that expression a lot, but in this case it actually is true.” The piglets are expected to arrive just in time for Christmas, on December 18th.

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