Friday, August 19, 2022

This ‘little’ piggy needs a home

Badger is a Vietnamese, Pot Bellied pig, only three years old and neutered. (Southside Daily Photo/courtesy of Norfolk Animal Care and Adoption Center)
Badger is a Vietnamese, pot-bellied pig, only three years old and neutered. (WYDaily Photo/courtesy of Norfolk Animal Care and Adoption Center)

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.

John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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