After a fire ripped through Perry Hill Farm in Bedford, New Hampshire, on September 6, fourteen horses and a family of cats were presumed dead. According to ABC News, three days after the blaze, Miss Colby, the 1,000-pound pig mascot of the farm, went out in search of her feline companions.
Miss Colby led her caretaker, Harriet Finks, into the nearby woods to Gumbo, one of the missing family cats. "She was on a mission. For her, it was quite a distance," Finks told ABC News. After a month in veterinary care, Gumbo is almost fully recovered and back home under the watchful eye of Miss Colby.
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Miss Colby the Pig Saves Missing Cat
by - November 1, 2012