Adopting A “Micro” Pig: 300 Pounds Of Truth That’s Not So CuteAshley Maisano
We all know the beloved Micro Pig. That tiny, pink ball of cuteness. But maybe we donâ€™t know it as well as we thought we did. Theyâ€™re cute when theyâ€™re little, but then they grow up!
These small micro pigsâ€”also known as teacups, pixie, pygmy or pocketâ€”will likely not stop growing at the promised 50 pounds or less, but instead could grow to be an out-of-hand 250 to 300 pounds! When these so-called â€śmicroâ€ť pigs grow that big, many end up abandoned, euthanized or in overloaded sanctuaries.
Mini pigs as pets can be a huge problem, Kara Burrow, owner of Ralphyâ€™s Retreat, a Norfolk County sanctuary for unwanted pot-bellied pigs and farm animals, told the Winnipeg Sun. Their name gives a false impression of how small they are, as many people donâ€™t comprehend how big a regular pig is. Some regular pigs can grow to be 1000 pounds!
As for the micros, a 200 to 300-pound pig is not an ideal house pet.
â€śPigs need an environment that allows them to root, explore and manipulate objects,â€ť says Brandy Street, pig welfare expert and SPCA Certified program supervisor. “Pigs can quickly become bored â€“ and a bored pig can be very destructive.â€ť
If pigs arenâ€™t givenÂ the opportunity to be a normal pig, and doing things such asÂ rolling around outside in dirt, they will find new things to do in your home, such as rooting through cabinets, and tearing couches and furniture apart. Pigs also have a similar lifespan as dogs, which means youâ€™d have to make an estimated 15-year commitment.
Only one in five pet pigs stay in their homes for life, Burrow says. â€śMost get tossed from home to home or end up in an auction, where they often end up in the food chain.â€ť
So, if you think youâ€™d like to have a pig as a pet, make sure you do the research and are prepared to raise it properly, because you could be taking on a bigger job than you expected. Literally!