THERE are pets and then there are pets, but the Lee family from the Amberdale area has quite an unusual addition to their family.
Bubbles is a pig. A tea cup or miniature pig to be more precise, but one might be inclined to say “that must be some tea cup”.
Now six months old and fully grown, the family got Bubbles as a baby from Somerset West and even though he has grown a lot, even as a baby it would have required a big tea cup to accommodate him.
Michelle Lee says because he has such impeccable manners and is house trained Bubbles lives in the house with the family. She says it was not difficult to train him, he just learnt to use a cat litter tray like any cat would, but that since he has grown up he goes outside like an adult pig should.
His behaviour is very much like that of a pet dog as he spends much of his time playing with the dogs, and sometimes he even barks like a dog, Michelle says.
He eats just about anything, but his favourite treats are apples and the odd whole mealie. Bubbles has a bath every week which he thoroughly enjoys, after which he is dusted with baby powder.
He does not have fleas because the skin of pigs is too thick so he is allowed to live in the house and he has his own bed, but often tries to share with one of the dogs, with the result that one or both end up spilling over the side. At bed time, though, he goes to his own ‘room’ in the laundry.
His favourite pastime is snuffling and rooting around in the garden and he loves joining the family for a swim in the pool.
Michelle says pigs are considered to be the fifth most intelligent creatures and each is said to have its own personality, which Bubbles has in abundance. Their life expectancy is about 15 years.