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This Couple Thought They Adopted A Mini-Pig, But It Grew Up Into 670 Pounds Of Cuteness

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Life can sometimes give you a blessing in disguise! When Steve Jenkins and Derek Walter in Canada adopted Esther the pig, they thought she was a pygmy piglet. Two years and 667 lbs later, their “tiny piglet” turned out to be a full-size commercial pig, but the love and friendship that they experienced from Esther had already changed their lives for the better.

When they realized how intelligent and friendly Esther was (pigs are as smart as dogs, and considered by many to be cleaner animals), they couldn’t stomach the idea that they were eating other pigs that were just as smart and friendly, so they became vegans. They were so deeply affected by their life with Esther, in fact, that they were inspired to devote their loves to building an animal shelter.

Read on between the photos for more info!

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When Steve and Derek adopted Esther, she weighed just 3 pounds

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Two years later, this little piggy weighs in at 670 pounds!

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The couple decided to keep her anyway…

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… and it was the best decision ever!

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Esther gets along with her flatmates just fine

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Here they are playing together

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When they saw how friendly and smart pigs could get, Steve and Derek stopped eating meat

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They became vegans and decided to dedicate their lives to opening an animal sanctuary

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The two dads raised $440,225 on Indiegogo to get started!

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Their story certainly is beautiful and inspiring…

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…but they say that raising a pig is not for everyone

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It can be really tiring!

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Esther requires a LOT of food and attention

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This little piggie has become a regular part of the family

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Esther has touched her two dads’ hearts and, hopefully, she’ll touch your heart too!

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Daily Inspiration #1953

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Daily Inspiration #1953
Daily Inspiration #1953

This post is part of our daily series of posts showing the most inspiring images selected by some of the Abduzeedo’s writers and users. If you want to participate and share your graphic design inspiration, You can submit your images and inspiration to RAWZ via http://raw.abduzeedo.com and don’t forget to send your Abduzeedo username; or via Twitter sending to http://twitter.com/abduzeedo.

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AsapSCIENCE Explains the Potential Adverse Health Effects of Sitting Too Much

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Mitchell Moffit and Gregory Brown of AsapSCIENCE thoroughly explain why sitting for extended periods of time—at a desk at work, for example—can be harmful to one’s health. Possible adverse effects include decreased bone mass, muscle weakening, increased LDL cholesterol, and even a shortened lifespan.

The good news is that they have created another video describing ways to solve the sitting problem.

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‘Mirage’, A Delightfully Disorienting Kaleidoscopic Wall of Mirrors in the Woods

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Mirage, Mirrored Kaleidoscopic Outdoor Installation

In the outdoor installation Mirage, 1,200 mirrored panels form a disorienting kaleidoscopic wall amidst a grove of trees. The 82-foot-long installation was created by Budapest-based design firm Studio Nomad. According to the studio, they were inspired by the camouflage patterns of battleships from World War II (likely they are referring to dazzle camouflage.) The installation was displayed last August at the Sziget Festival in Budapest.

Mirage, Mirrored Kaleidoscopic Outdoor Installation

Mirage, Mirrored Kaleidoscopic Outdoor Installation

Mirage, Mirrored Kaleidoscopic Outdoor Installation

photos by Balázs Danyi

via Dezeen

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Potluck Video Explains What Spelt Is, It’s Relation to Modern Wheat and How It Can Be Used In Place of Wheat

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Potluck Video spoke with Beth George, the founder of Spelt Right Foods to learn more about the ancient grain spelt, its relation to traditional wheat and how it can be used in place of wheat for those who have sensitivities.

Spelt is a cousin of modern wheat but it is much easier to digest and it is also loaded with nutrients. Spelt is its own species, so it’s Triticum spelta versus Triticum aestivum which is the standard wheat. So Triticum spelta has different properties, for example the gluten in spelt, though not appropriate for those with Celiac, but for people who are wheat sensitive – they may find spelt easier to digest.