An unexpected bond formed between this guy and his “teacup” pig

Let’s start with a massive warning: That piglet being advertised as a “teacup pig” is likely much larger in adulthood then you would think. Even pigs of the smallest varieties can easily grow to 100 to 150 pounds.

Teacup Pig

Many internet scams will even claim that a full-sized hog is just a tea cup — by the time the owner realizes the lie the seller is long gone.

Recently one man fell for the scam and watched as his pet “teacup pig” grew from a promise of “micro-small” to nearly 650 pounds!

The pigs owners love her and have no plans to send her off to slaughter, as is often the case with these scams. Instead, they have written a book about their story in order to educate other people.


“Dear Esther, Four years ago today we met you for the very first time. I’ll never forget the way you trembled and looked up at me from the laundry basket you were delivered in. Your tiny little sunburned ears, and those chipped pink nail polished toes. You looked so sad! I took you home much to your other dad’s surprise, and although he wasn’t very happy with me for a few days, the magic of “The Esther Effect” was already at work. We watched you play with the dogs, run to your toy box, and shake your little head like crazy with your teddy bears. We cuddled while you fell asleep, and we taught you the rules of the house….which you broke constantly in your own hilarious way. We would laugh and play, forgetting entirely what was going on around us. It was only a matter of time before that amazing smile did its thing. You had completely stolen our hearts.

But in the process you also took something else from us, our ability to ignore what you were born for. We learned what it meant that you had a stubby little tail and that you were in fact not the mini pig we thought you were. We had never given it a second thought before, but all of a sudden we found ourselves making the connection. You were supposed to spend the first three years of your life in a crate delivering baby after baby that would be taken from you. Then before long, you yourself would’ve been taken away when you grew too tired to produce. You were supposed to be someone’s dinner, someone who like us didn’t realize the intelligent, emotional, and sensitive animal you are.

Although we take comfort knowing we made that connection, and that you’re safe and always will be; I’m sorry we participated in this and that it took us so long to realize that we could do better. I’m sorry for the horrible things people do to your kind in a hell on earth that we created for you, and I’m most sorry that you never got the chance to know your mom, your dad, or any of your beautiful brothers and sisters. We would give anything for the chance to reunite you. We hope you take comfort in knowing you’re helping to open hearts and minds every single day, and we hope you know how much you are loved. You made us the people we are today, and we will forever be grateful for the day we met you on that chilly August morning in 2012.

Thank you for being a daily source of inspiration, and smiles. You make even the hardest days happy.

Love you so much noodle. Xoxo Dad.”