Friday, March 24, 2006
From Daily Express Saturday March 18 2006
This little piggie could make the perfect pet
This sweet little chap may not smell quite like a spring slower, but he could be the answer for anyone who has ever fancied a pig for a pet.
He is the first of a new breed of family-friendly 'pocket pigs' that will never grow into giant porkers fit only for life on the farm.
At only severn days old and four inches long, the Peter Pan pig fits comfortably into the palm of your hand. But even fully grown he will be just a fraction of the size of a normal pig.
The unique Pennywell Miniatures are a cross between conventional English pigs and the Kune Kune - a rare bered of pygmy pigs from New Zealand.
They are the brainchild of farmers Chris and Nicky Murray, who six years ago brought a handful of the tiny pigs to Pennywell Farm in Buckfastleigh, Devon, and began breeding.
Now they have five piglets - four girls and a boy - that could be the ultimate pet porkers.
Chris, 55, said: 'People love them because they are child-friendly and stay small and cuddly for a long, long time.
'We will be selling this litter but we have to be certain they find a good home.'
A few years ago the Vietnamese Pot-Bellied Pig became very popular as a pet.
But they fell out of fashion when people began realise how difficult they were to look after when they reach full size.
There are no big surprises in store for anyone who falls for the pig that never grows up.