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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Lesa D
Lesa D2 months ago

gettin' Piggy wit it!!!
#31397 petition signed...

thank you Cathryn...

Susan Griffiths
Susan G5 years ago

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!

Susan Griffiths
Susan G5 years ago

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!

Sheri D.
Sheri D5 years ago

Hamlet is a lucky pig.

Carrie Anne Brown

thanks for sharing :)

Charlotte S.
Charlotte S5 years ago

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.

Edgar Zuim
Edgar Zuim5 years ago

Happy birthday dear.

James Berryhill
James Berryhill5 years ago


Martha Eberle
Martha Eberle5 years ago

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.

Marie W.
Marie W5 years ago

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