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How A Plucky Piglet Named Leon Trotsky Got A Second Chance At Life With A Set Of Wheels

05/02/2014 03:18 pm ET | Updated May 09, 2014

For little Leon Trotsky the pig, an unfortunate accident turned out to be a life-saver.

The 3-week-old piglet was born on a pig farm and destined to become somebody's dinner until his injured mother accidentally fell on him, crushing his hind quarters and killing two of his siblings, the Edgar's Mission blog reported.

Because of his injury, a good Samaritan took pity on him and decided to help the little guy, rescuing him from the gloomy fate he faced at the farm. Eventually, Leon ended up in the loving hands of Edgar's Mission, a non-profit farm sanctuary set on 60 acres in Victoria, Australia.

The sanctuary got Leon the medical care he needed for his injuries, which included a broken and dislocated right hind femur, as well as ligament damage on the left side.

Despite difficulties surrounding his small size, Leon got his own set of wheels, and with it, a new lease on life!

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  • "Things could not have looked much grimmer for the wee chap," said the Edgar's Mission blog. "But no one told the plucky little Leon that these obstacles of his world should hold him back."
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  • "Last night’s visit to the vet revealed a patchwork of horror ... But the little tyke is young, with soft bones and in the brightest (and oft times most demanding) of spirits. Most importantly he hasn’t given up, so neither shall we."
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  • Poor little Leon's pelvis was crushed.
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  • "There’s no stopping him now! At just over 3 weeks of age, little Leon Trotsky has more spunk than most who are 10 times his size and he has already beaten the odds not once but twice."

To follow Leon's progress, check out the Edgar's Mission blog.

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