Just 19 months ago a couple bought a trendy micro pig as a pet and have since been left stunned after the supposedly pint-sized porker grew to a whopping 25 stone (that’s 350 lbs). The average miniature pigs owned by the likes of Paris Hilton and Victoria Beckham grew to around four and a half stone and 14 inches tall – then stopped – the Webbs’ pet had other ideas. The Goliath pig is already 3 feet tall, 350 pounds and has managed to take over the couple’s little home. Babe’s diet consists of pig pellets, bananas, strawberries and a daily dose of cod liver oil to keep her joints supple.
And any hope the Webbs once had of getting Babe to trim down a touch with a bit of exercise have long gone. ‘She just won’t leave the house any longer,’ said Colin. ‘I used to take her for walks on a leash, I got a special license from Defra to do that, but she’s not having that anymore. She flatly refuses to put a trotter past the front step. ‘People have said I should get her to a slaughter house and live on bacon for a year, but I could never do that, Babe is one of the family now.’ Hopefully the Webb’s are comfortable with the giant pig, because the average micro pig lives to be nearly 18 years old.