Mini-Pigs And Tiny Tigers
By Riaz BhunnooI think most people would agree that it would be simply impractical to keep a full sized pig or tiger in your own home. But what if you could obtain a miniature version? Well, following years of breeding, the ‘mini-pig’ and the ‘toyger’ have now emerged.
The mini-pig is the result of nine years of breeding at a farm in Devon and is a variant of the rare kune kune breed found in New Zealand. At a fifth of the size of an ordinary pig, they are apparently easy to house-train and have a good temperament. I’m pleased to hear, however, that they won’t be appearing on restaurant menus - too little meat (images come to mind of a stiff-upper-lipped waiter: “pig for one, sir?”).
The toyger is the result of fifteen years of selective breeding. Fortunately, these pint-sized little devils were not bred directly from tigers, so your little finger isn’t at risk. They were actually bred from cats with similar physical features to tigers. A cat-lover spotted a wild tabby roaming the streets with distinctive tiger-like stripes so she took it home to breed with her pets, as you do. Over the years, features from other cats’ were bred in including a rounded nose, a defined muzzle and a black tipped tail. The final result is a cheeky little tiger, sorry toyger, with a striking orange and black striped coat and athletic build.
If you hold your head to one side and squint a bit, then you might see a resemblance to a tiger. No? Ah well.
We’ll never hear the end of it when Paris Hilton replaces her pampered pooch with pampered porkers. And what’s next, dare I ask, a mini-horse cantering around the living room? I, for one, will be sticking to more traditional pets. Now where is that cheetah?..
If you can't wait to get your hands on a pint sized porker then get yourself down to Pennywell Farm in Devon, UK. For a toyger, try toygers.org.
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