"Pig rescues goat" might be fake, but interspecies friendships are real!

A slideshow to pull you out of your pig hoax-related depression

Published February 26, 2013 11:12PM (EST)

The New York Times broke the story of the year -- nay, the century -- on Tuesday: A 30-second video depicting a baby goat being rescued from a petting zoo pond by a heroic pig is a fake.

Sometimes the truth hurts. Yes, the viral video that stole the world's collective heart was heavily staged. No, the goat was never even in danger.

As reported by the Times:

It was created for a new Comedy Central series, “Nathan for You,” with the help of some 20 crew members, including animal trainers, scuba divers and humane officers, and required the fabrication of a plastic track to guide the pig to the goat (which was never in jeopardy).

But do not let a cheap marketing scheme change your beautiful feelings about animal friendship. It is real! And one act of faux interspecies animal heroism is but a drop in the ocean of real interspecies animal heroism -- not to mention everyday cuddling scenarios that also deserve our attention.


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By Katie McDonough

Katie McDonough is Salon's politics writer, focusing on gender, sexuality and reproductive justice. Follow her on Twitter @kmcdonovgh or email her at kmcdonough@salon.com.

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