A California animal sanctuary has gone viral after sharing how it rescued an abandoned pig that once belonged to YouTuber Logan Paul.
The Gentle Barn said in a TikTok video posted Monday that it picked up a pig named Pearl who had been “abandoned in a field” after being “irresponsibly rehomed.” Pearl was discovered next to a dead pig, with “tattered ears and a potentially life-threatening infection in her uterus,” according to the organisation.
“From what we’ve been told, she was originally purchased from a breeder by an influencer,” Gentle Barn said in the video’s caption. “For clout, people frequently buy’mini pigs’ or ‘teacup pigs’ online, believing they will stay small. They are sadly discarded when they inevitably grow large and have many unexpected needs.”
Paul’s 2020 tweet about adopting a pig named Pearl resurfaced online after Gentle Barn posted the video. On February 26, 2020, he tweeted a photo of himself with a pig. He wrote, “I was told she was a mini pig,” and included a photo of the fully grown pig.
Gentle Barn’s spokesperson said in an emailed statement Tuesday that the organisation “has now received an email from Youtuber Logan Paul thanking us for taking in Pearl the pig.”
Paul’s representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Tuesday.
Teacup pigs, mini pigs, nano pigs, and other “breeds” marketed as pet pigs are “a myth,” according to Best Friends Animal Society. Piglets sold as miniature pigs are typically potbellied pigs that can reach adult weights of 100 to 200 pounds.
According to Paul’s podcast “Impaulsive,” he left California in 2021 and relocated to Puerto Rico for tax reasons.
According to TMZ, Paul reportedly left Pearl in the care of a horse ranch in Santa Clarita, California, when he relocated to Puerto Rico in April 2020.
According to the rescue, Pearl has recovered and now lives a life “filled with friends, nutritious foods, the highest quality care, and so much love.”
“Pearl and her new potbelly pig family are now exploring and sleeping together during the day,” the Gentle Barn said in an email. “Her best friend is our pig Barry, with whom she even snuggles. During the day, she enjoys following us around and joining us in our barnyard chores. She especially enjoys rolling over for belly rubs for our visitors on Sundays.”
The Gentle Barn expressed gratitude to the public for “their unending support of our work and care for Pearl.”