A Canadian couple who brought home a micro-pig as a pet were shocked when the tiny addition to their family pet gradually transformed into a 670 lbs giant. Along size, however, came huge fame.
Steve Jenkins and Derek Walter from Ontario, Canada, adopted Esther the “micro-pig” on the assumption that she would only grow to abound 70 lbs, a fair size, but still no bigger than a large dog.
Esther the pig, however, evidently did not received the memo and just kept growing. She is now close to ten times her expected size and is heavier than a fully-grown female polar bear.
The two-year-old, toilet-trained sow eats $50-worth of vegan food each week. She enjoys a diverse diet of barley, rolled oats and corn, as well as fresh vegetables and fruits like bananas and vegetable peelings.
Esther has grown so huge that the couple was forced to move into a farm to provide enough room for her, which has also benefited their two dogs and a cat. (Scroll down for the videos.)
1. Steve Jenkins and Derek Walter’s pig Esther basks in a nest of stolen blankets on the living room floor.
2. Vast Esther joins Steve and Derek’s two pet dogs for a bite to eat in the farm kitchen.
3. The couple adopted Esther after a friend who described her as a “micro-pig” — she’s now the size of a polar bear.
4. As Esther the Wonder Pig, the giant porker has more than 230,000 friends on Facebook.
Steve Jenkins, who works in the property industry, said:
We lived in denial for a long-time. Friends would come over and say “she’s getting bigger” and Derek and I would say “no she’s not”.
But soon she was standing up to steal things off the kitchen counters, the couch became smaller, and of course there was the weight gain. We just adapted and loved her more. What else could we do? It wasn’t her fault and we would never give up a pet.
Since we moved to the farm she has decided she needs to be close to us and now sleeps beside our bed with her mattress on the floor. She still on occasion climbs up on to our bed for a nap during the day.
Esther has become famous on Facebook, where she is known as Esther the Wonder Pig and has more than 230,000 friends. Derek and Steve regularly post photos and videos of the pig and sell calendars, postcards and mugs with her face on them.
5. Her antics, such as playing in the snow in Canada’s freezing winter, has earned her legions of fans online.
6. Derek and Steve adopted Esther as an adorable piglet who they didn’t expect to exceed around 70 lbs in size.
7. The couple who’ve moved into a farm, say Esther has changed their lives and they “love her more”.
8. Esther basks outside where she spends much of the day rooting around — in between her vegan meals.
The pair have now set-up another Facebook page, Esther’s Kitchen, on which they feature the vegan food they prepare for their sow, such as spinach lasagne and chocolate chip granola bites. Speaking about Esther’s unexpected online popularity, Steve said:
It is still surreal and absolutely mind-boggling. We started Esther’s page just as a way for immediate friends and family to stay in touch with us and Esther’s antics. But one of those friends shared Esther’s page on an animal-related website and the next thing we knew Esther’s page had 10,000 likes and it never stopped.
Derek and I are Esther’s voice and some days it is really challenging to come up with new quips and I will sit there staring at a picture until something comes to me. Other days it’s as if I can read Esther’s thoughts and I swear she can convey them with her eyes and her smile.
People’s reaction to meeting Esther still amazes us, it’s like they’re meeting a movie star or royalty. Even now people are amazed by her size and her awareness.
It is as if she knows she is famous and that is her role, that she is changing the world’s view of her kind and their amazing abilities to think, feel and be loved.
Well, such is a star’s role…
9. The pink pig stays pristine with regular baths and her owners say she’s used to being fussed over.
10. The sow has a vegan diet including ripe bananas, vegetable peel and oats.
11. The sheer size of the toilet-trained pig dwarfs the furniture in Derek and Steve’s farmhouse.
12. Esther joins in when guests come round for tea and her owners say people treat her like royalty.
13. The porker clearly loves to eat and gets through $50 of fruit, vegetables and grains each week.
14. The animal, thought to be a commercial pig, looks fetching in a patterned housecoat the right shade of pink.
15. Esther closes her eyes in pleasure after tucking into a hearty meal — one of several each day.
Here is a video of Esther taking a bath a year ago:
And here is Esther’s latest video — from a month ago:
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