After standing on concrete floors their entire lives, the sweet animals even got the 'zoomies' as they experienced freedom for the first time.
There's nothing like the sweet taste of freedom! Every living creature on this planet deserves to be free. Pigs raised on pig farms live in overcrowded environments and are allowed no freedom of movement. According to Newsweek, two lucky pigs were recently rescued and set free on a farm in Norway. Following their rescue, they were able to roam around outdoors for the first time in their lives and experience the grass in Møre og Romsdal, in the northernmost part of western Norway.
After standing on concrete floors their entire lives, the sweet animals even got the 'zoomies' as they experienced freedom for the first time. The TikTok video of their exhilaration and joy was posted by @cesilieee. The small pigs can be seen frolicking around a field and getting muddy. "These pigs have been standing on concrete floors their entire lives. This is their first time being outside," the text overlay on the video read. "First time touching grass and being in nature. I think they like their new home."
Many people felt joy as they watched the pigs enjoy their new taste of freedom. @mollconn01 commented, "They are literally just like dogs." @marisazuma wrote, "My wish for every animal in a factory farm." @rubensmagiclab added, "Man, I wish they could all experience this kind of love and gentleness in their lives."
Back in June, another story of a caged animal experiencing life outside the bars touched people's hearts. A 29-year-old chimpanzee named Vanilla of New York's infamous Laboratory for Experimental Medicine and Surgery in Primates (LEMSIP) saw an open sky for the first time in her life this year. The primate was in the notorious laboratory during her early years until it closed in 1997. According to Save the Chimps, she was housed in 5'x5'x7' cages suspended from the ground like bird cages.
Wish more humans would notice it & feel this awe…. https://t.co/tHNeTTR9Of— Jorie Graham (@jorie_graham) June 27, 2023
Vanilla was among a group later transferred to California, where she was confined to a larger enclosure. The refuge went out of business in 2019 and was threatened by wildfires, according to The New York Post. "In California, Vanilla lived with a handful of chimps inside a chain-link fence cage with no grass and very little enrichment," Save the Chimps' primatologist Dr. Andrew Halloran shared. The primate had never been outside of a 5-foot-square cage or a garage-sized enclosure. When she was caught on camera seeing the sky for the first time, she looked like she was in complete awe. Her expression melted many hearts.
She is now among 226 chimpanzees discarded from laboratories, the entertainment industry, the exotic pet trade and roadside zoos that have been rehomed. The chimpanzee sanctuary arranged for FedEx to fly her and her group to the 150-acre Sunshine State location. It took a lot of devoted people to make the move to Florida possible and the sweet animal is looking forward "to calling this my forever home." Vanilla is being fully integrated into the group and the animals have a 3-acre island to explore and the freedom to choose where and how to spend their days. "My first time outside, I was in awe of the open sky, a sight I had never seen in my life as my former homes had cage tops. I enjoy exploring the island and relaxing and grooming with my family on the island," the website read.