Huge 20-year-old stone pig lives in 3-bedroom house after Glasgow family thought about buying a micro-pig
A giant pig weighing 20 stones lives in a house – after being bought as a micropig.
Francisco, a three-and-a-half-year-old pot-bellied Vietnamese cross, was falsely sold as a micropig, but had an Instagram account that caught the attention of a 15-year-old girl.
The teenager begged her parents for the cute piglet and the family, from Glasgow, traveled to England to buy it – but three months later he was taken to an animal sanctuary.
But he now weighs 20 stones, twice the weight of a healthy adult, and is 1.2m long.
The giant pig lives in a three-bedroom house after getting used to the comforts of its former owners.
Morag Sangster and her husband John Ryan founded Tribe Sanctuary in Carluke and are responsible for four “stranded micro pigs” as well as over 100 animals.
Francisco is the only pig that lives in the house, having arrived during a cold winter three years ago – and hating snow when he was sent.
Morag, who works as a tattoo artist, lets Francisco live in the house where the giant pig likes to relax in front of the fire while she sits on the sofa.
Franscico wanders upstairs and enjoys spending time in the kitchen.
Fraudsters who whip ‘micropigs’ at cheated families can make a profit of more than £ 700 – which Morag says happened to Francisco.
Morag said: “Francisco was three months old when he came here and he was about a foot long, now he weighs 20 stones.
“He’s not microphone at all.
“Having a pig in the house is fun enough, but not for people who treasure their furniture.
“He bit a few things and he loves to scratch, we gave him a blanket.
“Standards go out the window – he goes where he wants.
“He goes into the garden and goes to see the neighbors.
“Someone picked him up in England, a 15 year old girl wanted a micro pig and they paid a lot of money, she found it on Instagram.
“He was only allowed in the girls’ room and the hallway, then he had a small pen in the garden.
“He started to cry a lot and the family said it was ‘unwanted behavior’.
“He’s a big ass, a big pig.”
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Francisco arrived during a snowy winter three years ago and was taken to the house because he used to be in his former owner’s bedroom.
Morag said: “When he arrived he used to spend the night in the girl’s room.
“It was winter and it was really cold, we put him in the living room on a blanket.
“It started to snow and he didn’t like it at all, he has short legs and his stomach was touching the snow and he ran into the house.
“Pigs are really smart – they’re smarter than dogs and easy to train.”
Francisco sleeps on a futon in a spare bedroom with the couple’s four dogs, and usually one of them snuggles up to him.
The pampered pig likes to be in front of a fire or near a heater, and has its own quilts and quilts.
Every morning he has a banana for breakfast, also likes grapes and nuts, and chews straw and hay, and is fed on the veranda away from the dogs.
He eats special flat-bellied pig feed that costs £ 15 per 15 kg, rather than standard pig feed that would make him gain weight, and is packed with fruits and vegetables.
Morag, from Edinburgh, said: “He has his own quilts and quilts.
“He can’t get on the couch as much as he would like, because pigs can’t jump.
“He loves lying in front of the fire, I could put my feet on him if he was watching TV and give him a belly massage.
“He sleeps on a futon which is a king size dog bed that is supposed to be indestructible.
“He and the dogs are sleeping in the guest room, he goes to his bed and one of them is going to jump with him.
“It’s great to have a big kitchen because the pigs are not agile, it’s like a five point trick for him to move around.
“He’s quite talkative, he growls and squeals – he’s as rewarding as any cat or dog.
“They are clean animals, he does not go to the toilet in the house.”
She said the micro-pig trade was “deceptive with potentially cruel consequences”.
The other six pigs – including Elvis, also bought as a “micro pig”, which weighs 31 stones, and Max and Vera, former micro pigs that have been abandoned – live in stables.
Morag believes the “giant pig” peddled to well-meaning punters is a cruel scam.
She said: “About 50 ‘micro pigs’ a month are abandoned because they are in fact piglets. A small piglet will cost between £ 25 and £ 40, but a micro pig can cost around £ 800.
“It’s wishful thinking, these people will cash in if people believe what they tell them. If they think people are stupid enough to believe it, they will sell them.
“It’s a big problem.
“There is no ‘micro pig’ breed. There is a piglet or a little pig. It is an animal welfare issue. There is no rehousing market for the pigs, I am sure many of them end up in the slaughterhouse.
“There are no rules for pigs being sold newborns, you can do whatever you want with the pigs. People have them at home because they are cute.
“They can apply for a walking permit, but you can only walk them on certain routes, not in front of the cattle. You can’t take them to the beach and stuff like that, that’s what they thought.
“The pig is in the house, it is starting to grow. They will wreck the garden, then it will end up in a pen.
“Pigs miss other pigs, they feel lonely.”
For 30 years Morag, who is vegan, dreamed of opening a rescue center.
She added: “At the last lockdown we had a lot of orphaned lambs because farmers were selling them for ‘lockdown entertainment.’ It’s shocking. We haven’t seen an increase in relocation during the lockdown. , but we’ll find the fallout after the lockdown. “