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The name is BEACON, not bacon.

Look who dropped in.  Meet Beacon, he is a pot-belly pig, and this is his story.  While doing some shopping at a Flea Market, Beacon was noticed by a human who felt sorry for him and thought that maybe ... just maybe.... he could manage to give this little fellow a better life.  He soon discovered that apartment living is not pig-friendly! 

 

Pot belly pigs were a “big thing” several years ago and are still popular for those humans who are curious but not adequately educated about the care and maintenance of pigs.  If you check the internet, you will find several rescues and sanctuaries where these people have “dumped” these amusing critters.  Although they may be one of the smartest animals on the planet, they do take the term “pig-headed” to a whole new level. 

 

Pot belly pigs can grow to between 75 and 200 lbs. (and there is NO such thing as a MINIATURE or TEACUP pig).  Males need to be sterilized (no animal leaves Animatch intact, including Beacon) as they can become unruly and overly amorous during their adolescence.  Although they can live indoors, they also need to just be pigs – and that means they require a place to root and dig.  Yes, they can be trained to walk on leash and do their business in a litter box or outside but realistically, they need some “pig time”.  For example, in hot weather they also need shade and water, with a place to wallow in the mud.  Pigs don’t have sweat glands and regulate their own body temperature.  While he is at Animatch, Beacon has his own kiddie pool filled with water and earth. 

 

Beacon has another 10 to 15 years ahead of him.  He now weighs 18 lbs. and is growing every day.  In the near future, we hope to find Beacon his furever home.  For now, he’s enjoying his time at Animatch – playtime, rolling in the kiddie pool, nourishing food, and best of all belly rubs ... lots of belly rubs!

 

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