‘Wonder pig’ inspires $650,000 campaign for giant veterinary scanner

Esther the Wonder Pig, the real-life star of a hit children’s book and one of the most beloved and famous pigs on Earth, is making a very large contribution to the University of Guelph’s Ontario Veterinary College (OVC).

The porcine celebrity, and Steve Jenkins and Derek Walter, who rescued her as a tiny piglet and run the Happily Ever Esther Farm Sanctuary near Campbellville, Ont., are the benefactors behind the Pegaso CT scanner – the first of its kind in Canada – coming to OVC.

The story made headlines with features airing on CTV News, CityNews and CBC News.

In fall 2017, Esther began experiencing mysterious, potentially life-threatening health complications that resulted in seizures and hyperventilation. A CT scan was recommended to better diagnose the problem, but no machine large enough was available in Canada.

With this new flexible CT, OVC will be able to scan not just pigs but also standing horses and other large animals.

With more than 1.5 million followers on social media, Esther inspired a campaign that successfully raised $650,000 to equip OVC with the scanner (www.theestherscanner.com/).