I’m sure you’ve all heard about the latest craze on “Tea Cup” pigs. Well those of you that know pigs know this is a myth. It’s amazing how many calls I still get looking for one. And people I run across say they’d love to own one. It’s up to us that know to tell the truth. There is NO such thing. The breeder from the UK that touted her tiny teacups has been in the news with stories of those people that fell into the lie and now own huge pigs. The first and most reason for a person sending their pig into rescue is because of not being able to handle the size or behavior of their pig. All pigs including the farm pig breeds are tiny when born. These cute pictures you see of a pig next to a cup is just that. They are piglets that are just days old. And just like our children they all grow UP. The media is one of our downfalls. They post the stories of the rich and famous that get these cute tiny things. But have you ever seen a follow up story when they are grown? I haven’t been in rescue long enough to have been through this before, but is seems to come around every few years. They’ve been called “Mini”, “Micro”, “Pocket Pig” and so on. To get the idea into people’s heads that they can own a unique pet that stays the size of a tiny dog.
Here is a picture of Oliver. Found in a box left in the woods to die. These two tiny boys at just a day old found their way to me. I nursed them with an eyedropper. It was touch and go for the first week, but as you can see they have not only survived, but have blossomed into two very special pigs. Oliver is just about to turn one at the end of the month. He now weighs about 50 pounds right now and aren’t finished growing. That’s going to take another 2 years until they reach their full potential. When he is fully grown, he will likely weigh in at least 100 to 125 pounds, and may even get larger than that. This is completely normal, even for miniature pigs such as Kune kunes and Pot Bellied Pigs.
If you would like to know more about the “Tea Cup” pig, please visit this great web site. http://www.teacuppig.info