Eli is the biggest pig on our property, weighing in at 960 pounds. He’s a super gentle “North Carolina Boy” with a huge smiling face and a distinctive ear that resembles bad-boy bangs. He lives as a part of the Feral neighborhood with Big Boss Charity and some of his favorite huge family members. Eli’s pastimes include relaxing in his swamp, napping in his daybed, or grazing in his pasture in the late afternoon sun. His favorite brothers are Ennis, Asher, Everett, Jedediah, and Harlan.
The “North Carolina Boys” were a group of very rare survivors from the flooding of Hurricane Florence in 2018. When the Category 4 storm caused torrential rain and flooding, factory farm pigs were locked in the barns to drown. Our North Carolina boys were swept out of their prisons by the flood waters, and eleven of them were sent to live here in Tennessee. Factory farm males are typically slaughtered at 250-300 pounds, but our boys have been allowed to grow into their full maturity, which now has them all over 700 pounds. The largest of them is Eli, who is 960.