Pigs in...need of a home

A HOME is needed for two Vietnamese pot-bellied pigs whose plight has been featured on national television.Earlier this year, nine of the pigs arrived at the RSPCA animal home in Wethersfield, near Braintree.

A HOME is needed for two Vietnamese pot-bellied pigs whose plight has been featured on national television.

Earlier this year, nine of the pigs arrived at the RSPCA animal home in Wethersfield, near Braintree. They had all appeared on the BBC television programme Life of Grime as they had been 'squatting' in a garden in London and were being fed only on bread.

A spokeswoman for the centre said when they arrived they were very nervous and frightened but soon settled down. Two of the females were pregnant and eventually the centre became home to 29 pigs in total.

She said: "We have managed to rehome all the piglets and pigs but are left with two – one boar and one sow. The boar, Legolas, is extremely friendly, whereas the sow Daisy is still a little nervous after having her piglets.


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"They love playing games, especially with a ball. They are both great characters and when they are settled they will really come out of themselves. "We don't know their precise ages but we know they are young adults."

The pigs can be rehomed together or separately and the ideal environment would be an outside paddock on a smallholding where they can have some interaction with humans and the space to move around.

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"The spokeswoman added: "Vietnamese pot-bellied pigs make great pets as they are very clean animals, they only go to the toilet in one area, they keep their beds clean and they do like a mud bath to keep their skin clean."

For more information call the centre on 01371 851201.

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