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bash
10-06-2009, 21:20
Tiny pigs the size of tea cups are the latest pet craze sweeping across Britain.

The must-have micro pigs have become so popular they are almost impossible to get hold of in the UK and sell for up to £700 each.
The adorable animals, which grow to just 14in tall, are being snapped up by celebrities, including Harry Potter actor Rupert Grint, who plays Ron Weasley.
‘Demand for micro pigs is soaring and we are inundated with inquiries every day," says Jane Croft, 42, who has given up her job to breed them full time.

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2009/10/06/article-0-06B810C3000005DC-595_634x337.jpg Cute: Tiny pigs the size of tea cups are the latest pet craze sweeping across Britain


‘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.

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Pet with a difference: The micro pigs (pictured with an average sized cat) are much smaller than a standard farm pig and weigh 9oz when they are born

‘They are actually very clean and never mess in their bedding and are just so adorable.
‘They are also highly intelligent and are the fourth most intelligent species after man, monkey and dolphin.
‘They really are the perfect pets, I don't know why people haven't thought of them before.’

Micro pigs, which grow no bigger than a Labrador, are also good alternative pets for people with allergies.
‘Lots of people are allergic to cats and dogs but you can't get allergies from pigs as their skin is very similar to ours, and the have hair not fur,’ Miss Croft.

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2009/10/06/article-1218472-06B99C8D000005DC-213_634x286.jpg A 'fully grown' micro pig: The breed, even when they reach maturity, grow to just 14 inches tall'


We've had many parents buy pigs for their children who suffer from fur allergies,’ Miss Croft set up her micro pig breeding business five months ago at Little Pig Farm in Christchurch, Cambs.
She currently has 50 micro pigs, have been working 14 hours a day, seven days a week to keep up with demand.
Her company website has been getting 4,000 hits a week and she gets at least 60 e-mails and 40 phone calls a day from people all over the world, including America, Russia, Spain and even Australia.
‘I have always adored pigs and I love the famous Winston Churchill quote about a pig being man's equal. I have been breeding pigs on and off as a hobby for 15 years,’ said Miss Croft.
'I saw some micro pigs on television and fell in love with them. They have become so popular as pets they were impossible to get hold of so I began breeding them myself.

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2009/10/06/article-1218472-0621DB7D000005DC-639_306x343.jpg Proud owner: Harry Potter star Rupert Grint reportedly has a micro pig

‘I spent months researching and finding suitable pigs and now at last I am able to do my dream job full-time.’


The pigs are crosses of Miniature Pot Bellied pigs with Tamworths, Kune Kunes and Gloucester Old Spots to create their tiny, colourful Micro Pigs, which are sold for between £195 and £700.
They enjoy good food, lots of toys and even have Classic FM piped to their bedrooms.
The size of the piglets get smaller with every litter with Peanut the piglet believed to be one of the tiniest adult pigs in Europe.
The little pig, who weighed just under 2kg at twelve weeks old, now lives indoors with Miss Croft as a companion to her dog and sleeps on the sofa.
At 13 months she has almost stopped growing and is just 12 inches tall.
‘They really are fantastic fun, highly sociable and make amazing pets,’ said Miss Croft.
'They will sit on your lap while you watch TV so you can scratch their belly. They will even talk to you and have you giggling for hours.'



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scottscorpion
10-06-2009, 21:25
cool i want one.
maybe two...im hungry

BrokenKeyboard
10-06-2009, 21:31
Wow I actually really want one of those :)

welshfrankie
10-06-2009, 21:32
I'd have an army of mischievous micro-pigs each with their own name and persona to cause playful havoc throughout somewhere like on a Disney film.
Then make a nice big bacon sandwich when the novelty wears off.

adzzz man
10-06-2009, 21:37
there cute but im better off with a dog

bash
10-06-2009, 21:37
I'd have an army of mischievous micro-pigs each with their own name and persona to cause playful havoc throughout somewhere like on a Disney film.
Then make a nice micro bacon sandwich when the novelty wears off.
fixed :)

Svetlana
10-06-2009, 21:45
Oh my word! I want one!! Micro pigs sounds a bit like an idea for an April Fools.

Kwes
10-06-2009, 21:47
Those are awesome! I want a few! :D

Kyaw
10-06-2009, 21:48
Awesome!!!

:lol:

Tyrien
10-06-2009, 22:02
cool i want one.
maybe two...im hungry

I'd rather buy $700 worth of normal sized pigs and make a hell of a lot of bacon instead of one tiny pig :(

Mikleran
10-06-2009, 22:14
Surely "pygmy pig" would have been a better name..? :confused:

Pez_555
10-06-2009, 22:45
id slice that little mofo up and chuck it on the bbq.

richie217
10-07-2009, 00:19
£700 is an expensive hangover cure.

SpyroViper
10-07-2009, 10:08
I actually might get one of these!

THEY ARE TOO CUTE!