Meet the Notorious P.I.G., a micro pot-bellied pig who was rescued from a neglectful home in Florida. There, the little pig was fed only Cap’n crunch and horse feed, but he’s since found happier times in his new home at Brooklyn Cares vet clinic. The pig, who also goes by “Piggie Smalls,” got his name after rapper Biggie Smalls, who grew up just a block from his new digs. When Piggie arrived at the vet he was in very poor health, but now he cheerfully snorts away as he runs around the office and makes new animal friends. “It has been awesome to see the Notorious P.I.G. come out of his shell. Every day he is happier and more social,” Dr. Timothy Mann told DNA Info. Mann has always wanted a pig. These days, Piggie eats lots of healthy veggies, takes regular baths, and is even being trained to use a litter box. It’s a far cry from his lonely days eating sugary cereal in the Florida heat. Pot bellied pigs aren’t allowed to live in New York City homes, but they can live in veterinary facilities, so Piggie spends his days there with Ruby, the dog who is also a fixture at the clinic. When Piggie has adjusted more to his home, he’ll make his way to the front waiting room where he can greet customers. Who knew happy little pigs could be so cute! [DNA Info] [Image via DNA Info/Brooklyn Cares]
Meet Penelope Popcorn, an Instagram star whose clothes are probably more awesome than yours (and mine!). At first I was as weirded out by her pictures as you probably are, but now I can’t decide whether I’m more impressed by her adorable name or her array of hair ribbons.
Penelope is a 28 lb., potty-trained household pet to a family of three living in California. The one-year-old Juliana purebreed‘s owner says she’s been dressed up and had her nails painted since she was very young, so posing for photos is routine. According to her owner: Keep reading »
Usually, the only pigs a supermodel has to deal with are the kinds who lurk around the bottle service tables at nightclubs. On a recent trip to the Bahamas, Irina Shayk cavorted with a whole new category of pigs: the adorable kind.
Shayk posted a pic on her Instagram of Pig Beach, located on the island of Exuma, where wild pigs run (snort?) free and frolic in the clear blue waves with sexy Russian bikini models.
Check out another cute pic of the porkers after the jump! Keep reading »
Sometimes science is used for good. Sometimes science is used for evil. Depending on the depth of your love for bacon, it may be difficult to tell whether the Swine Genome Sequencing Consortium is Batman or Bane in this scenario: an international team of researchers has sequenced all of the DNA in a female pig and can now engineer tastier piggies. Of course, animal breeders have long bred all types of livestock for their version of the “ideal” animal; the main concern of this pig DNA project will create healthier pigs. But sciences are also saying it’s possible to toy with the tenderness and fat content of the pig’s meat, as well as the color. I, for one, never conceived that bacon could possibly be more yummy. So I’ll go out on a limb here and ask if these porcine geneticists could try and make eating bacon as healthy as, say, kale. You can do it. I have faith in you, science! [NPR]
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A baby pig in northern China is hogging all the attention in his litter — mainly because he has two snouts.
The two-snouted pig was born in Deshengtang, Jilin province, northern China, and was named “Xiaobao,” which translates roughly into “Babe,” the name of the famous movie character, according to the West Australian.
But while the duo-nosed porker is getting lots of public attention, his owner, farmer Li Zhenjun, says Babe hasn’t been able to pig out very much. Read more and check out more photos… Keep reading »