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Animal shelter overrun by stray 'teacup' pigs that have grown large

They start off small enough to fit in a teacup, but eventually grow bigger than your typical teenager. The Animal Foundation has an unusually high number of pot-bellied pigs available for adoption

They start out small enough to fit in a teacup, but they eventually grow to be bigger than your typical teenager.

The Animal Foundation has an unusually high number of pot-bellied pigs looking for new homes. The oinkers are being kept on a ranch in northwest Las Vegas.

Fig and Petunia are just two of the pigs parading their pot bellies and posing for photos on the property.

Monique Hanson from the Animal Foundation smiles when she locks eyes with the pigs. She spent Monday afternoon feeding the them fresh vegetables.

“It warms my heart. I'm a pig piggy lover,” said Monique Hanson.

The Animal Foundation has 15 pigs in its care and available for adoption.

Kelly Leahy said they range in age from one to five years.

“We have quite a few pigs, more than we normally have,” said Kelly Leahy.

The hungry porkers are often called “pocket pigs” or “micro pigs.”

“A teacup, micro, mini, whatever you want to call it: they don't exist,” explained Hanson.

They grow from cute piglets into pigs.

“A regular pot-bellied pig will grow up to 150 or 200 pounds, so, not so small, and not so mini,” she continued.

The pot-bellied pigs are often abandoned by their owners when they grow too big to handle.

“Most of the pigs we get in at the Animal Foundation are strays, so through Animal Control, they are brought in. Now, how do they become stray? You kind of want to ask and you wonder,” said Hanson.

The homeless hogs need space and sturdy fences in their new homes.

They can be sweet and very friendly, or mischievous. Most are good with other farm animals and several get along well with dogs.

Surprisingly, pigs are clean and tidy.

“Pigs are very intelligent animals. They have the intelligence of a 3-year-old. They can make really great companions,” said Leahy.

If you are interested in adopting or fostering a pig, go to https://animalfoundation.com/

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