Perry Smith, his wife Elisabeth, and their kids Catherine and Perry Jr. had planned on a weekend of skiing at a Pennsylvania resort, but when the resort was preemptively closed due to weather, they decided to wait it out at a Maryland hotel. On the way there, Smith noticed a "pink lump" in the snow and pulled over to investigate.
The lump was a piglet—so still they weren't even sure it was alive, until they picked it up and it squealed loudly.
They snuck the little pig into the hotel, wrapped up in Catherine's sweatshirt, and took turns caring for it throughout the night. By the morning it had stopped shivering, was drinking water, and even ventured out of the bathtub they were keeping it in to explore the hotel room a bit.
The piglet, now named Wee Wee after an uncle's imaginary pig friend, went home with the Smiths on Sunday, but they knew they couldn't keep it, despite their newfound attachment. After searching online, Smith found Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary, a Maryland farm sanctuary that currently cares for about 50 pigs. Terry Cummings, the co-founder and co-director of the sanctuary, told BuzzFeed News that pigs are commonly found by the side of the road because they often jump or fall out of the transport vehicles taking them to auctions.
So as soon as the snow clears, little Wee Wee will begin a new life at Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary, living out its little pig days rolling in mud and hanging out with other farm animals.
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But for now, Wee Wee is getting as much lap time with its human saviors as possible.