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:

  1. 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 !

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

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

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

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

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

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  7. 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

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  8. 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.

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

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  10. 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.

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

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  12. 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.

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

    A Vermont Girl

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

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  15. 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.

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  16. What a cute piggy. Potbellies are so smart too.

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

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

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  19. 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.

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

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

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

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  23. Priscilla is adorable....

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

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  24. 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.

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  25. 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

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

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

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