An Oklahoma rescue center is seeing a disturbing trend in something that they refer to as a “fad.” According to 1 Day Ranch, a rehabilitation and rescue center for abused and neglected animals, the so-called “Micro-mini pig” fad is a growing problem for animal rescuers.
On September 5, after taking in an abandoned and pregnant potbelly pig dubbed “Priscilla,” the group wrote about the troubling trend:
The “micro-mini pig” fad is turning into huge amounts of these incredibly intelligent animals dying in shelters every day because people are getting them as pets with ZERO education on what it takes to actually raise a pet pig.
Maeghan Olsen, with 1 Day Ranch, told KFOR News about the growing problem:
“2012, 2013, maybe one a month. Right now, I’m getting usually one or two a day, sometimes more than that.”
“It makes me really sad because these are such intelligent good pets, but they just, they’re being over-bred and sold by people who have no idea what they’re doing or they don’t care.”
While people may be drawn to the term “micro,” or “mini,” they likely fail to realize that any pig weighing under 400 pounds falls into that category, and obviously, keeping a 350-400 pound animal at a home can pose problems.
Priscilla, the mother pig, is doing well at the rescue, but half of her babies have died because she wasn’t producing enough milk. It is unclear where Priscilla came from, but it is believed that she was someone’s pet because of her sweet demeanor.
Learn more about her rescuers at this link.
1 Day Ranch on Facebook here.