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For Donachy, a pig makes the perfect pet

February 29, 2012

Photo submitted Meet Wilbur, the pet pig of Kersey resident Amy Donachy. Today is "National Pig Day."

Whenever Kersey resident Amy Donachy returns home, her pet, Wilbur, is there to greet her. He knows his name and even comes when she calls him.
Wilbur is not a dog, cat, or other "traditional" pet, though-- he is a pig.
Donachy, 18, explained that she first got Wilbur two years ago after wanting a pig ever since she was a little girl. When her mother finally gave in, her family looked for a pig on the Pennswoods website and found a litter near the Pennsylvania/Maryland border.
Though Wilbur was originally just Donachy's pet, she noted that the other members of her family quickly took to him as well.
"He has become the family pig, he's not food," she said.
While she buys Wilbur's food and takes care of him, her two siblings assist with tasks such as feeding him each day.
"[He eats] pig food from Tractor Supply. It's Purina, so that's probably why he is so big. He also gets all of our table scraps, so no food is going to waste," Donachy said.
She estimated that Wilbur currently weights between 350 and 375 pounds.
"He's going to get bigger. His dad was almost 700 pounds, but he looks like his mom. His mom was about this size now," Donachy said.
When she first brought him home, Donachy recalled that Wilbur only weighed about 10 pounds and was around five weeks old. For almost the first year of his life, he was small enough to live inside her family's house.
"We used to bottle-feed him," Donachy recalled. "You can only take a pig from their mother when they're about eight weeks old. We got him when he was about five weeks, so we had to bottle-feed him baby food. Then I eventually took him off baby food and put him on to oatmeal."
Donachy likened having a pig living in her house to owning a dog, noting that Wilbur would follow her around and come when called.
"He is smarter than a dog," she added.
Though he was small when she got him, she recalled that he got big fairly quickly and by the time he was four or five months old, she could no longer pick him up.
He also liked to get into his fair share of mischief.

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