Friday, October 22, 2010

Camera Critter

This is Pricilla. We met her when we visited Balboa Park on our trip to San Diego in September. She was with her human parents who were having a picnic nearby with a couple of other friends. Priscilla decided to take a walk and was munching on the grass when we came across her. She had attracted quite a crowd. After a while her family thought it was time to retrieve her. She took her own sweet time. I have an idea that Priscilla was a little stubborn as she ignored them at first. Eventually - only when she was ready - she ambled her way back, but only after being tempted by a tasty morsel this young lady offered her.

A full-grown Vietnamese potbellied pig can weigh between 100 to 250 pounds but are considered miniature compared to their cousin, the farm hog, whose weight can exceed a thousand pounds.

We have only had this type of pig in the US since 1985 and are still in the learning stage. It is thought that they live between 10 to 15 years of age. The average, full-grown pot-bellied pig can reach in height anywhere from 16 to 24 inches from its shoulders.


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28 comments:

A Brit in Tennessee said...

Isn't she a sweetie !
I helped work on a Pot Bellied Pig once at the vets office, she was one of the calmest patients we had ever came across...
Great shots of her Denise !

Kay said...

I've heard that they are intelligent and can be toilet trained. 250 pounds is awfully heavy though.

Linda (PA_shutterbug) said...

I can see why Priscilla attracted lots of attention! Great pictures, Denise!

Jean said...

One of my sisters had one of these sweet pigs! It was a treat to pet him.

david mcmahon said...

As Linda says, I can see why she would have been the focus of attention.

Cloudia said...

Aloha Priscilla :)

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Sunny said...

Oink! How cute!
There is a Pot Bellied Pig on a farm near here that likes to chase cars!
Have a great weekend.
☼ Sunny

ascu75 aka Don said...

Heeee heee just sent a link to this post to a pig lover who will be very envious. How sweet, I prefer to see my pork on a plate but Prisilla does look cute. XXX Don

jabblog said...

Priscilla is very cute and most entertaining, I'm sure. She must be quite an attraction on a public family picnic.
For a very short while we contemplated having a pot-bellied pig but decided against it.

Cezar and Léia said...

Priscilla is kinda cute... :) And she seems to be well cared for...
God bless you!
Cezar

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Wow, what a pet. I've known several people who have them and they report that they make great pets. I've never seen one out and about though.

gigihawaii said...

Hmmm. I think I'll stick with cats. LOL. Actually, this is the first time I have seen this kind of pig. Very Interesting!

matron said...

My daughter had one of these,he was tiny when she bought him and he became very domesticated.He would come into the farm house,sit on the couch with my granddaughter and would follow her everywhere.Trouble was he GREW.!! he got too big to come into the house and he did not like having to live outside and one day charged at the door and broke in.He ate the couch and everything else in reach,he then had to go into a fenced field.His name was Gomez,he was given a friend called Waneta to share his paddock and keep him company.
They are endearing animals and are easy to train,they do not smell and are very clean.Both Gomez and Waneta are now in a petting zoo,where they are very happy.

Heather T. said...

Happy to have visited you from Camera Critters, I love piggies :)

A Vermont Girl

Nikki-ann said...

I never thought I'd say this about a pig, but it is kind of sweet!

Margaret Cloud said...

What a cute pig and I like her name. Last week on Pet Star, they had a pig doing some tricks and it was so cute. Also a couple years ago a women used to bring her pig to the beach. Have a nice weekend.

Kay said...

What a cute piggy. Potbellies are so smart too.

imac said...

Now, there's a 1st, and pretty rare to snort. lol.
Loved this post Denise.

Abraham Lincoln said...

I can imagine they would be good pets as they are smarter than any other barnyard animal.

Janie said...

She looks gentle and sweet, but I wonder how the owner could control 250 pounds if a mini-pig decided to go its own way.

ladyfi said...

What a gorgeous creature! I gather that mini-pigs are sweet -but very very obstinate.

diane said...

I'm afraid she doesn't do anything for me but your information was good to read.

jen said...

I cannot even imagine having a picnic in Balboa park and coming across a pig. lol. Great photos :)

lina@happy family said...

Priscilla is adorable....

Denise, thanks for adding my Today's Flowers post link at Today's Flowers blog. I can access the site now...

Poetic Shutterbug said...

How absolutely adorable is she... I've seen them at our zoo and of course they are caged so we cannot have any interaction but I love visiting.

Jane and Chris said...

I love pigs!
However, I'm not sure I could handle one as a pet....it's bad enough getting the cats to the vets!
Jane

Mary said...

Very cute! I can't imagine having one for a pet, but they are rather cute.

Denise said...

Thank you for all the lovely comments on my Camera Critter post. Really enjoyed reading them all.