A Chinese woman who believed she bought a pet micro-pig three years ago had a normal 150-pound pig that was usually raised for its meat.
In 2018, Zhang Li, a young woman who lives in Shanghai, decided to have a pet for society. She wasn’t really a cat or dog person so she looked for an alternative and thought she had found it when she saw an advertisement for a micro pig. She researched and learned that the miniature pigs were great pets. They were adorable, only about the size of a small dog, and were very intelligent. So she decided to take the plunge and get one, not knowing that she would have a 150kg animal as a pet.
It wasn’t long before Zhang Li noticed that the little piglet she bought was growing beyond the size of micro-pigs, but at that point both she and her family and friends were tied to it, so she couldn’t commit to it bring to give it up.
The so-called micro-pig turned out to be a Bama Xiangzhu, a breed of pig bred for its delicious, tender meat. They have short legs, thin skin, and a healthy appetite. However, they don’t really like exercise, so they tend to get very fat; For example, Zhang’s pet is about 150 cm long and weighs over 150 kilograms. It eats 5 to 6 times a day.
Zhang Li often takes her pet for walks and gets strange looks from passers-by, who sometimes stop to take photos. But the woman does not disturb the attention, but what bothers her is the laziness of the pigs. If it gets too tired, it will lie down and the only way to get it back on its feet is to entice it with food.
Even so, Zhang loves her pet “micro pig” and would not part with it for anything or anyone. She tells the Chinese media that the pig will definitely be part of the family if she ever gets married.
Interestingly, micro pig fraud is not uncommon at all. In fact, The Guardian published an article on the matter a few years ago that documented several cases of people buying micro pigs that turned out to be anything but micro.