Monthly Archives: October 2009

Poll: Do You Want A Micro-Pig?

I read this very strange article today about the new pet-craze for teacup or micro pigs.  Apparently, celebrities as famous as Ron Weasly (I mean Rupert Grint) now have the new breed of super-small pig.  Of course, I was fascinated:

‘It’s amazing how popular they have suddenly become and just how many people want pigs as pets.’

Micro pigs are much smaller than a standard farm pig and weigh 9oz, about the size of a tea cup when they are born.  At two years old they are fully grown and weigh in around 40-65lb and are around knee height at 12-16in tall.  They can live for up to 18 years, but make popular pets as they are low maintenance, quiet and surprisingly clean.

‘Micro pigs make fantastic pets as they are very low maintenance. You don’t have to take them for walks and they have very few health issues,’ said Miss Croft.

‘They don’t make much noise, they are easy to toilet train and once they have bonded with you they are very loving.

WHAT???? The lady they’re interviewing quit her day job to breed pigs full time!  Now I am extremely torn.  While I do like the idea of having a miniature, adorable and quiet Rush Limbaugh running around my house, I have a few issues with the whole concept.   First of all, the idea of breeding more pigs for pets is a little disturbing.  Don’t we have enough regular pigs as it is?  I would say the same for dogs.  Why are we breeding new dogs when there are so many homeless, sweet, lovable, smart and more interesting mutts out there?
But unlike dogs, we eat pigs.  This is what essentialy sets aside the micro -pig as a pet.  If you fry it, don’t buy it.  Imagine, sittng down to breakfast with little Rush, and chowing down to some delicious reams of bacon and sausage.  What if little Rush wanted a bite?  What if he just wanted to lick the delicious grease from your chubby fingers?  Would you be able to resist feeding that adorable little face a piece of its own brethren?  Maybe.  Maybe not. It’s too close for comfort.
Anyway, I made the mistake of seraching youtube for videos of the pigs and I found this unsettling mess:
That creeps me out.  No micro pig for me.  Except, in my research of micro pigs, I also saw this fellow
Since I don’t eat hippo, (at least not yet), perhaps I would settle for a baby pygmy hippo pet.  So what do you think?  Do you want a micro pig?