- PETA just named Esther the Wonder Pig, a 650-pound hog, the most influential animal on social media.
- Esther is known for her large social media following and The New York Times bestselling-book based on her life.
- She also survived cancer this year.
Esther, a 650-pound pig, has a lot to celebrate. After becoming a media sensation, starring in a New York Times bestseller, and surviving cancer, Esther the Wonder Pig has now been crowned the most influential animal on social media.
She earned the title at PETA’s 13th annual Libby Awards, which honors companies, brands, and celebrities who are committed to the welfare and liberation of animals.
When Esther’s dads, Steve Jenkins and Derek Walter, first adopted Esther in 2012, she was a 4-pounds micro-pig.
Six years later, Esther is anything but micro, weighing in at 650 pounds. Jenkins and Walter welcomed her into their family and now all cohabitate in their home in Ontario, Canada.
In 2016, Esther became the subject of a New York Times bestselling-book, “Esther the Wonder Pig: Changing the World One Heart at a Time,” written by her dads about their experience living with a large hog and opening a farm animal sanctuary.
Esther also has a children’s book called “Esther the Wonder Pig.”
Since then she has become a star. Esther has garnered over 400,000 followers on Instagram and over a million likes on her Facebook page.
All of her accounts, which are run by Jenkins and Walter, promote animal welfare and a vegan lifestyle. According to PETA, Esther inspired many fans to stop eating meat, including her dads.
Some of her most ‘liked’ photos on Instagram are the ones of her all dressed up.
Despite her fame, she’s like any pig who loves to roll around in the mud.
“Animals don’t judge, they just want to be your friend,” one post on Instagram reads. “Humans should be more like animals.”
It’s not all fun and games, though. Earlier this year, Esther entered a difficult phase of her life when she was diagnosed with cancer.
Jenkins and Walter raised over half a million dollars to bring a CT scanner to Canada large enough for Esther to fit into (so she could be properly diagnosed).
“All animals should have access to the medical care they need, and we won’t stop fighting for them until they get it,” they wrote in one post.
After removing the cancerous lump, it was announced that Esther was cancer-free in September.
With a new title and her happy home life, Esther and her fathers hope to continue to inspire thousands.
“Esther has become a way for us to share with other people,” their website reads, “and hopefully help others see how smart and amazing these creatures are.”
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