Bink the pig may still only be a baby, but the little animal has already been abandoned three times in his short life. Now, he is looking for a forever home and his rescuers are using his story to show the truth behind having pigs as pets.
At birth, Bink was taken home by a family who wanted to be a part of the teacup pig trend. However, Bink was kept in a small dog crate and rarely received attention. The family realized they couldn’t care for Bink and returned him. Bink’s second family wasn’t much better. He was secluded in a small area and was not given the proper exercise he needed. Fortunately, this family realized they couldn’t care for him either and found him yet another home. Bink’s third home was a perfect fit. However, his new owner fell ill and Bink was found without a home again.
He was taken in by the Tallgrass Parrot Sanctuary in Kansas, where the founder, Kail Marie, decided to use Bink’s story to shed light that pigs are animals that need a special level of care.
Many believe that teacup pigs are small, easy to maintain animals that make a perfect pet. However, the truth is that these animals need special care and owners should make sure that they can provide this quality of care to the pig before taking it home.
In an interview with The Dodo, Marie explained why so many people are misinformed about the teacup pig trend.
First, Marie says you should do your research before you bring home any pet. For example, many locations will not allow you to have pigs as pets. In fact, this is the number one reason why many of these animals are abandoned or returned.
Also, many do not realize the size that these pigs can get. The name teacup is a bit misleading. Marie explains that these animals do not stay small for long and this misconception is further supported by sneaky breeders.
“Bink will grow to 60 to 100 pounds, which is more than the people bargained for,” Marie told The Dodo. “Breeders breed them too young, so when perspective buyers are shown the parents to prove that they are mini pigs, they are being sold a lie.”
Bink has finally found his forever home, but there are many pigs that are still without. Marie hopes Bink’s story will give some of them a new life.
For more information on how you can help Marie’s mission, visit the Tallgrass Parrot Sanctuary’s website.