Happy belated birthday, Hamlet.
The miniature pig celebrated the end of his second year on May 30th. His birthday bash (bottom video) entailed wearing a party hat and scarfing down a decorated cupcake.
Check out his attempts to master stairs in the first video. He would have been just over seven months old, and the stairs were a major barrier to his bowl of oatmeal.
Hamlet is a lucky little porker, to have become the pet of PiggyGirl2010, who regularly posts videos of his antics. A lot of pigs fall into the hands of people who should never own them. When they realize their clever pet has piggy habits, such as rooting in their potted plants or acting aggressively when it wants to assert dominance, they often dump the piglets at the nearest shelter.
Others are dropped off at farms. Boris, Violet and Jelly Belly came into my life for just that reason. They started life as tiny, adorable, pot bellied pigs. When they grew out of their cuteness, their owner dumped them. They became part of our farm family.
Jelly Belly loved to go walk about and would drag her low-slung pot under fences so she could go exploring. Violet had a snore that could keep a household awake. Boris was an equal-opportunity boar. Although snipped, he was promiscuous and had no preference for species or gender. If it stood still, he went into action.
The three pig pals had a quarter section (164 acres) for roaming and sheep to snuggle with when the temperature dropped. They thrived and kept us laughing. On the whole, although I found pigs the most intelligent and fascinating of all our farm animals, I would never recommend them as pets. If you just cannot resist, please read this good overview by a vet before heading to the pet store.
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Hamlet's birthday photo from PiggyGirl2010 video