-Not many people would change their entire lifestyle for the sake of a pet. But Steve Jenkins and Derek Walter did exactly that when their tiny 'mini pig" Esther blossomed into a 650-pound beauty. This funny, moving, and heartwarming book charts the journey from Esther's arrival to the setting up of the Happily Ever Esther Farm. It's the greatest love story ever told between two men and their pig.' Ricky Gervais
In the bestselling tradition of Marley and Me, Esther the Wonder Pig is the heartwarming true story of how one little pig changed her owners' lives forever.
When an old friend called Steve Jenkins out of the blue and begged him to take in a -micro' piglet, he couldn't say no. Though he knew his partner Derek wouldn't be thrilled about Steve adopting yet another stray, the prospect of having a cute little pig to care for was simply irresistible. Little did he know, that decision would turn their lives upside down.
It turned out that as adorable as she was, there was nothing -micro' about Esther, and as she grew, and grew, Steve and Derek realised that they had actually signed on to raise a full-sized commercial pig. Within three years, dainty little Esther grew to a whopping 270 kilograms. It soon became clear Esther needed more space, so the family made another big decision: they bought a farm and opened the Happily Ever Esther Farm Sanctuary, where they could offer refuge to other animals in need.
Inspired by their adventures with their-not-so micro pig, Steve and Derek have become two of the world's most successful and best loved animal rights activists, while the magnificent Esther has quickly become the -It Girl' of the vegan movement.
With a megawatt smile and ample curves, Esther is a true social media darling. After an operation on her toe, a Facebook post with dad Steve feeding Esther a post-recovery treat attracted 19 million views - and, no that's not a typo!: https://www.facebook.com/estherthewonder¬pig/videos/929299967177228/
Esther already had almost one million fans all around the world (Melbourne is her 6th biggest fanbase by the way) and a host of A-list celebrity friends, so she really is the most famous and beloved pig on the planet.
Pigs are not only lovable but smart – in many areas pigs prove to be on the same intellectual level as our closest living relatives, chimpanzees, and can outsmart man's best friend, dogs.
Pigs can understand a simple symbolic language and are adept at learning complex combinations of symbols for actions and objects.
Pigs are empathetic creatures and can mirror the emotions of a human or animal – Esther is living proof!
Pigs thrive in complex social communities where they keep track of individuals and learn from one another.
Steve Jenkins was working as a realtor and living with his partner, Derek Walter, a professional magician, when their life was flipped upside down thanks to a beloved pet named Esther. Never ones to back down from a challenge, Steve and Derek buckled up for the ride of a lifetime, turning -Esther the Wonder Pig' into a social media powerhouse. In just two short years, Steve and Derek have cemented a place for themselves among the world's most well-known and successful animal activists, accumulating hundreds of thousands of followers all over the world. In 2014, Steve and Derek founded Happily Ever Esther Farm Sanctuary in Campbellville, Ontario to rescue and rehabilitate animals.
Caprice Crane is an award-winning, internationally bestselling, five-time novelist, screenwriter, and television writer with her finger on the pulse of pop culture. With a voice noted for being as witty as it is relatable, Caprice's humor and satirical observations have earned her a wildly loyal social media following and the distinction as one of Huffington Post's -50 Funny People You Should be Following on Twitter'.
Esther the Wonder Pig
Author: Steve Jenkins and Derek Walter with Caprice Crane