Burton’s Blog 8/11: Talking Pot Bellied Pigs
We don’t necessarily recommend pot-belly pigs as pets, but when they are small, they can be really fun. Some years ago we got talked into three so-called micro pigs. Their names were Fiona, Einstein, and Philbert.
We acquired them not to sell, but for our customers enjoyment. Providing access to animals like these is an important service. We provided space for these pigs for as long as we had the ability to do so. Despite their name, these pigs can grow quite large. Fiona become almost 200 lbs! They were great companions, but a 200 lb. pig is a difficult roommate. They outgrew their modest temporary homes in our store and needed to move on to greener pastures.
We ultimately found really good homes for them where they could live happily ever after. Pot-bellies are not good house pets, unless you are not fussy about the destruction and mess that can come with an animal that is more like a small bulldozer. Put simply, they are an incredible challenge and only for people with ample outdoor space to explore their piggy natures.
The main point I was trying to make with them was to show people the intelligence of the animal. They are not just bacon. They have intellectual capabilities. During the 20th century, science didn’t want to recognize that animals other than humans had an ounce of sense. That is totally false and through researchers like Jane Goodall and Dian Fossey we have come a long way in understanding the cognitive abilities of other animals. Now Goodall and Fossey worked with primates rather than pigs, but their research led to a widespread scientific awakening about animal intelligence.