Mini-pigs: adorable. Whether your pig is in boots or catching some shuteye, everything these tiny hogs do turns to gold. This mini-pig rescue, Piper, takes that cute game and ups it: because Piper loves his new best friend, a puppy neighbor. The whole affair is chronicled on Instagram, and the world just can’t get enough! Check out the cuteness below then read on about your must-know info on the mini-pig craze!
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Piper was taken in by a young couple in Tennessee with a fondness for tiny pigs and other rescues. The family runs an Instagram account named “kookieandkipper_minipigs”. They have several rescue animals: two pigs, one puppy named Pico, and a bearded dragon lizard named Tuney.
Within weeks of being rescued, Piper stuck out from the pack and gained notoriety because of her hilarious fondness for blankets. She would run around like a lunatic and then, immediately chill and snuggle on a furry blanket.
That could have been the cutest napping story for this little piglet, if not for her latest coup: falling in love with the puppy next door. The Internet gawked and fell in love with the adorable pair.
We can see why.
A Tiny History of Mini-Pigs
Mini-pigs first came onto the scene in the 1980s. They were bred to be smaller mainly for lab research as the guinea pigs of pigs, so to speak. The tiny snorting creatures wouldn’t become a household craze among pet owners until later, when in 2009 Paris Hilton famously tried to adopt a mini-pig and ended up with a pig much larger than anticipated.
According to website The Dodo, however, you can love clips like these, but that doesn’t mean you should go out and get a tiny snorter of your own.
An expert on the pigs, executive director of PIGS Animal Sanctuary Melissa Susko cautioned: “There really is no such thing as a teacup pig, micro-mini, Juliana, etc.”
So why are some pigs smaller than the average breed?
“Miniature pigs are mini compared to a domestic farm pig that can reach 600-plus pounds,” Susko added. “So-called teacups are actually potbellied pigs who are either underfed to stunt their growth or who are sold under false pretenses.”
Susko said there are many reasons why you shouldn’t go out and buy these no matter how cute they appear. Namely, she said they “can breed when they are as young as 6 to 8 weeks old, the parents of a piglet may be piglets themselves.”
She also warned that, “their size is not an accurate measure of how large their offspring will be in adulthood. Potbellied pigs can grow until they are 5 years old and reach well over 100 pounds.”
A lot of the pigs her organization takes in are actually larger pigs that were underfed. Susko said they “were told by the breeder that the pig will only get big if you feed him too much. Many pigs come in malnourished and emaciated. Underfed pigs also suffer from weak immune systems, sensitive skin and hoof problems.”
Janette Reever, the Humane Society’s deputy manager of animal fighting response for the Animal Rescue Team reported that she had “seen firsthand countless pigs that were surrendered to shelters, rescues, and dumped because the ‘teacup’ pig grew to 100-plus pounds.”
Reever – who herself rescued two from the PIGS Sanctuary, Annabelle and Arnold — also said she, “can attest to how smart they are, how closely they bond to their families and the specialized care they require.”
Owning a pig domestically can be expensive, harmful if improperly cared for, even illegal in some areas. So, even though sweet little Piper here looks like an adorable pet and can be adored and enjoyed from the safety of Instagram – she is best left there, enjoyed from the safety of Instagram.