Rescue rooster takes pig under his wing in animal shelter

It's hoped Gustavo and Gavin can be re-homed together.
It's hoped Gustavo and Gavin can be re-homed together. Photo credit: Supplied

It's hoped the sweet story of an unlikely friendship between a rooster and a pig in an animal shelter will help them find their forever home together.

Gustavo and Gavin are roommates at the Auckland Council's Manukau Animal Shelter.

An eight-month-old Saddleback boar, Gustavo was brought to the shelter at the beginning of the month.

Senior Shelter Officer Briar Fearns said Gustavo may have fallen from a trailer as he was found in Otara covered in cuts.

"He has done his seven-day stray time and his cuts have healed so he is now ready for a new home, " said Fearns.

Since he's been at the McLaughlins Road shelter he's developed a love for Weetbix and his rooster roommate Gavin.

"He spends the day with his Gavin, who has been here since October.  

Best mates Gustavo and Gavin.
Best mates Gustavo and Gavin. Photo credit: Supplied

"At night Gustavo will curl up in his kennel and Gavin sleeps in front of it acting as his guard rooster," she said.

However attempts to adopt either of the animals had proved unsuccessful.

"We would love to see them re-homed together, but they would need to go to a lifestyle block or farm as Gustavo is going to be one large boy."

Earlier this week a Kunekune named Hogwart, who was in care at the Silverdale Animal Shelter, was adopted by a Kumeu couple. 

Anyone interested in adopting Gustavo or Gavin should contact the shelter on or visit the Auckland Council website or the Manukau Animal Shelter's Facebook page.