You may remember a story we ran on celebrities such as Paris Hilton who became owners of teacup pigs. We thought an update would be interesting after we read this story in the GateHouse News:
The latest trend in household pets is the “teacup pig.” It’s a miniature pot-bellied pig that “fits in a teacup,” at least when you bring it home. I would think you would want to keep that cup separate from the other ones in the china closet.
These little porkers have been described as a “friendlier version of a cat.” That is faint praise. Even surly teenagers forced out of bed before noon are friendlier than most cats.
Teacup pigs live about 15 years. So you will have plenty of time to get attached to one. Within five years from when you bring little Hambone home, some experts contend it can weigh up to 80 pounds. That’s going to be a lot to get attached to. What are you going to do when an 80-pound pig wants to snuggle on your lap and eat your popcorn?
Right now the best news about buying one of these initially tiny little fellows is that it’s cost-prohibitive. They are currently jumping off the shelves for as much as $1,600 per pig.
According to TheAnimalRescueSite.com, there are currently 300,000 full-sized pot-bellied pigs in shelters. Some pot-bellied porkers can flesh out to several hundred pounds. If the teacup pig fad really gets legs, a common fear is that shelters for discarded pigs will become so full so fast that many formerly tiny pigs will be dumped in the wild because frustrated owners will take the easy way out.
Some of these little pigs will survive and perhaps create the problems other exotic pets have already presented. In the Everglades, Burmese pythons and Nile monitor lizards have been dumped in an environment much like their native habitat. Both have flourished and have adapted well enough to become public menaces.