Emma the pig was near death after giving birth to an astounding 17 piglets, who ultimately ended up saving her life.
Emma was brought to Apricot Lane Farms in California in terrible condition. She was sick, underweight and very pregnant.
It was predicted that Emma would give birth to six piglets, if she was lucky.
Emma surprised everyone when she had an astounding 17 piglets, of which 13 survived, reports Huffington Post.
Farm owner, John Chester, was stunned, and his wife, Molly, elated.
Emma, however, was not doing well, suffering from exhaustion due to the intense labor in her already-fragile state.
Emma’s udders hardened, she had a fever of 108.3, and was no longer producing milk. In order to try and save Emma, the Chesters decided to remove her piglets from her care so she could have a chance to recover.
"Bottle feeding 13 piglets three-to-four times a day was not an easy option," Chester said. "If Emma died, that was going to be our future."
Chester’s team managed to decrease Emma’s fever but she still refused to eat, and without food, she would die.
An idea that came to Chester ended up saving Emma’s life.
"What Emma might need was a reason to live," Chester thought. "... Even if it might kill her."
All 13 of the piglets were brought back to Emma and that is when the greatest surprise of all happened.
"If I hadn't seen this with my own eyes, I would have never believed it," Chester said.
In a very short time after being reunited with her piglets, Emma’s health improved — and she made her way to the trough to eat.
"Whatever the reason, Emma the pig was alive," Chester said.
Emma cared for her piglets for the next two months until they were grown enough and capable to live on their own.
Without her piglets to care for, Emma found a new friend on the farm in “a beat-up little rooster,” as Chester refers to him.
Emma is now a healthy and happy pig.
Emma’s journey has been chronicled in a Super Soul Original Short produced by Chester, “Saving Emma,” that will air on the OWN network Feb. 15 at 11 a.m. EST/PST.
"I like to think Emma was saved by us, but it's so obvious that she was saved by her calling," Chester said. "In her case, it was to be a mom ... Some might say that the very thing that could threaten to take us down in life can, at times, be the one thing that keeps us alive."