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Pet Pig Conquers Stairs and Birthday Cake (Video)

Pet Pig Conquers Stairs and Birthday Cake (Video)

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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3:41AM PDT on Jun 17, 2012

I voted no to pigs being pets. We have enough problems with the ignorance of people about how to care for the special needs of their pets. Why add yet another species to the list!

3:39AM PDT on Jun 17, 2012

If I was a pig I would rather take my chances as a pet than a farm animal. We all know that pigs on farms are kept for one horrible reason only!

5:43AM PDT on Jun 15, 2012

Hamlet is a lucky pig.

5:17AM PDT on Jun 15, 2012

thanks for sharing :)

9:01PM PDT on Jun 11, 2012

Pigs are very intelligent creatures and oh so cute when they're small, but unfortunately sometimes when they get older and become full grown their owners don't want them anymore and they're either turned over to shelters, sanctuaries or sometimes something much worse.

If you want a pig as a pet you MUST remember it's a life long commitment and you have to honor that commitment.

8:18AM PDT on Jun 11, 2012

Happy birthday dear.

1:12AM PDT on Jun 11, 2012


11:00PM PDT on Jun 10, 2012

Adorable -- watched many videos. Always wanted a pig after I retired, but after viewing the pros and cons, they would be too much work for me.

7:49PM PDT on Jun 10, 2012

Cute video, but most people should not have a pig pet.

7:46PM PDT on Jun 10, 2012

the first vid was cute. the second was repulsive!

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