NORFOLK — Badger, the Vietnamese pot-bellied pig, is sitting at the Norfolk Animal Care and Adoption Center, patiently waiting for a new family to love.
Badger loves bananas and cucumbers and he’s as smart as a toddler and can learn quicker than a cat or a dog, according to the center.
He is 3 years old and neutered, Badger has never lived outside but he’s house trained to a litter box.
“He was surrendered to our shelter on Dec. 1 when his new family was unable to keep up with the cost and care of having a pig,” said kennel Supervisor Shannon Phillips.
Badger’s a little shy at first, but he will do just about anything for food. “He loves snuggling under blankets,” Phillips said.
Take his picture – he loves to “ham it up,” according to the center.
A pet pig has a few special requirements.
Pigs are not permitted in the city, so his new family must live in an area zoned to allow pigs.
Because he’s so smart, he knows how to get into things – so his family should “pig-proof” their home.
He will also need a place to root around, like a backyard.
It’s what pigs do for fun, according to the center.
Consider the possibilities: some pig owners have taught their pets to play the piano, ride a scooter, drive a golf cart, ride as a car passenger, or slam dunk a basketball.
Pigs are clean (no shedding) and quiet, except for the occasional snort.
And, pigs love their humans.
Contact Phillips at Norfolk Animal Care and Adoption Center, 5585 Sabre Road, 757-441-5505.