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Esther looks fetching in a patterned housecoat the right shade of pink, Esther joins in when guests come round for dinner and her owners say people treat her like royalty.

Esther looks fetching in a patterned housecoat the right shade of pink, Esther joins in when guests come round for dinner and her owners say people treat her like royalty.

This Little Piggy got Massive

A couple who bought a micro-pig were stunned when their pint-sized family pet turned into a 670lb giant. Steve Jenkins and Derek Walter from Ontario, Canada, adopted Esther thinking she would only grow to around 70lb, a respectable five stone.

But they were tricked and two-year-old Esther has not stopped growing and is now heavier than a fully-grown female polar bear.

The two-year-old sow, who is toilet-trained, is now nearly ten times her expected size.

Esther eats vegan food enjoying a diet of rolled oats, barley and corn as well as fresh fruit and vegetables like over ripe bananas and vegetable peelings. She has become so big that the couple had to move into a farm to create enough room for her and their two dogs and a cat. Steve, 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.’

Steve said: ‘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 now found fame on Facebook as Esther the Wonder Pig and has more than 230,000 friends who follow updates on their exploits. Derek and Steve post pictures and video of the pig and sell calendars, postcards and mugs featuring the pink porker. Followers can watch her snoozing in a nest of stolen blankets, monopolising the sofa – as well as the dog bed – or sprawling across the living room floor leaving little room for anyone else.

The pair have now created another Facebook page, Esther’s Kitchen, to feature the vegan food they prepare for their rambunctious pet, including spinach lasagna and chocolate chip granola bites. Speaking about Esther’s online popularity, Steve added: ‘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.’

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  • Aucky


    • I.M Bach

      Grrr, you beat me to it by a split second.

    • Cadwallader

      Dressed bacon!

    • James M

      I say put it on a diet of only garlic & onions for two weeks followed by a short diet of .303 from a high speed delivery system.

  • Murray Smith

    That’s how an uncapped welfare system would grow.

  • JustanObserver

    I now understand how some of our population attain their ‘impressive’ size when they are sustained by Public Welfare

  • RedRoscoe

    Need to get a bigger freezer!!!

  • cows4me

    What’s the Canadian health system like, do they do stomach stapling?

  • Dave

    I can see the next online venture. Ester’s Fresh Home Killed Pork products.

  • Hi Lux, I wonder if you could write the photo captions as part of the post, they are so very small,especially on my smartphone, but even on my desktop. Enjoying your contribution as always, thanks.

  • kehua

    Wait until the fat sow dies and they have to dig a hole, haha.