So without further ado, let's hear from Hamlet and Sir Francis Bacon!
Marhaba, hey there, we’re Hamlet and Sir Francis Bacon. We’re brothers and Palestinian piggies, even though our human gave us clever British piggy-names. We live in Ramallah in the West Bank part of the occupied Palestinian territory with our human, an American expat, who works in aid and development. We were rescued from a pet-prison when we were babies. It was terrifying there. We were in a tiny glass cell and didn’t have food or water and Sir Francis Bacon had scurvy and mange. Our human brought us to a vet, but the vet didn’t even know what we were, so he wouldn’t treat us. Sir Francis Bacon almost died but our human worked really hard to find a vet who knew about piggies, and that vet gave us ivermectin shots and now we are six months old and really fat and healthy!
Our human is good like that. She gets really mad at the pet-prison we came from, but she knows it’s hard to fight for humane treatment of piggies when people in Palestine don’t have basic rights. We hope we can live with her forever but if she leaves here we don’t think we can go with her to the United States. There are lots of checkpoints and much like the Palestinian people, we don’t have pig-ports that help us travel abroad.
We live in a giant pig-pen, with two separate pig-loos, it’s like a piggy villa! We love it so much that we never want to come out. Unless there’s a plate of food involved. We love to read about Lola and Broccoli and Buffy and we try a lot of the foods they tell us about. We love mint, parsley, fennel, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, apples, strawberries, and corn, especially the husks. We don’t like bananas and figs so much. We don’t think there are many more piggies in Palestine, and we certainly hope there are no piggies in Gaza right now. It makes us sad to think about the plight of humans there. We hope that humans all over the world will start caring more about each other and of course about piggies and other animals, even the wild dogs that bark all night and scare us. We know it’s not their fault.
Thanks for reading about us, we feel really lucky to be able to tell our story and share our pig-spective on our favorite blog!