Note the height of the larger pigs in the photograph, in comparison to the height of the man.
These are nearly grown hogs. Many are much larger than these.
|Miniature pig with two piglets which |
are about two months old
|Fully matured Miniature Potbellied Pig|
She weighs about 200 pounds
If anyone tells you that they are breeding "Tea Cup Pigs," or "Micro-Mini pigs," don't believe it, not for a second. All pig rescue organizations will tell you the truth, that all pigs grow for up to five years, and while they are absolutely tiny at birth, they do grow, and they don't stop until they
reach their genetically full size, with some getting larger than others. Adopt, if you really are certain that you can manage a pet pig, and are dedicated to keeping it for it's lifetime, which can be up to seventeen years, or possibly even a bit longer.
|Teaching school children about Potbellied Pigs|
|Josh, a four month old rescued Potbellied Piglet|
recovering from surgery to neuter him.
He was just one of the several hundred pigs
which were rescued, hand raised and placed in
The photo on the left is just one of some three hundred Potbellied Pigs which were rescued from certain death, when a local man, out of love for animals, took in a few pet pigs which some people were no longer able to keep. They were not spayed or neutered, and he ended up with more than three hundred adult pigs, and more than one hundred little ones, which were all finally placed in private homes. The adults which were not pets, were also spayed or neutered, and while some were placed with families, many were placed in sanctuaries, all across the United States, from Washing to New York, and from California to the Canadian Border.
I actually was involved in this rescue effort, hand-raising about one hundred newborn piglets, which, I am happy to say, were all placed in wonderful homes of pig lovers located across the length and breadth of California.
|One happy piglet, which is |
about three months old.
Now, about these hog panels which are being donated to S.C.A.M.P.P. (Southern California Association for Miniature Potbellied Pigs). The hog panels are fencing materials which are specially made to contain pigs of various sizes. They are very sturdily constructed and welded and are very durable. Pigs, you see, are not only smart animals, but, being pigs, they root, using their snout. It's just what pigs do. They can disassemble a chain link fence easily, while hot panels are rigid and don't give like chain link fences. If pigs are on suitable terrain and have plenty of area where they can play, sleep, and root into the soil, following their noses, so to speak, they dig up bugs, roots, and eat just about anything they find there. This is another reason to keep your pet pig contained when it is outside.
If you are proud of your landscaping, and want to keep in intact, then you certainly don't want to leave your pig on its own in that area, as it will soon destroy the whole area, searching for yummies here and there.
|Sow and piglets, happily munching out, and rooting for nibbles|
|"One Cool Pig"|