Makayla Lackey found a private area and sat with her pig in silence, and reflected on everything that had happened minutes earlier in the ring at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo.
The emotional 12-year-old embraced her hog No Worries with hugs, rubbed its pink belly and rested her head on it.
“She wasn’t sad because she didn’t place,” Shannon Lackey, Makayla’s mom said. “She was sad because she was really proud of her pig.”
A 45-second viral video capturing the sweet moment between the Texas girl and her pig is now circulating Twitter and resonating with those who have had similar experiences raising livestock.
“Oh my goodness, I wasn’t expecting that at all,” Makayla recalled. “When she (her sister Leightin Lackey) first texted me saying, ‘We are at three retweets and 18 likes, Makayla,’ – I thought that was crazy.”
The video was posted by Makayla’s older sister after the pig failed to show during competition at the annual rodeo’s stock show. As of Saturday, the post had garnered about 19,000 retweets and more than 15,000 likes.
This was my sister’s first year showing and she didn’t place in San Antonio but this is the aftermath 😩 watch the ending pic.twitter.com/O3iiRLBCIY
— Leightin lackey (@LeightinLackey) February 7, 2019
Makayla said when the first retweets began she was in shock to see so many people being supportive of the livestock show because sometimes people don’t understand the experience.
This is her first year breeding pigs and showing at stock shows. Makayla’s mom said the young girl became interested after seeing her cousin show hogs, and with her parent’s full support, she is now a “pig parent.”
“Now we have three pigs,” Shannon said. “Their names are Hakuna, Matata and No Worries.”
Makayla described No Worries as a pig with a wild, loving-type personality. She said she chose to breed pigs because it requires more skill than with other livestock.
“It’s really interesting to know how smart they are and the scut work it takes to raise them,” she said.
Before competing in San Antonio she showed at the Wilson County Junior Livestock Show and placed second in her division.
Shannon said her first response to the video being posted was fear over negative comments. But she says except for someone saying that No Worries would be sold for meat, no real bad comments were made.
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SOURCE: My San Antonio, by Ismael Perez