Whenever we think of household pets, common animals such as dogs, cats, fishes, and perhaps the occasional bird comes to mind.
However, a Chinese woman and her family from Shenzhen, China’s Guangdong province decided on a more unconventional route, getting themselves a pet pig instead.
According to the Southern Metropolis Daily, the woman bought the pig 7 years ago when it was a piglet weighing a mere 4kg. The woman, who is now in her twenties, was told that the pig was a "fragrance pig" by the pet store owner and that it would not grow any larger.
The girl fell in love with the piglet instantly and her father paid about 800 yuan (S$162) for it before bringing it home to the family.
At home, the pig named 'Dudu' ate everything it was fed, including fruits, snacks, drinks, and vegetables and by the time it was six months old, it had grown to 20kg.
By then, it was apparent that the Chinese woman had been scammed by the pet store owner but the family had grown too attached to the porker and decided to keep it with them anyway.
The process has not been an easy one, with Dudu's snores at night getting louder as it increased in size. By the time it was three years old, Dudu weighed a whopping 150kg.
Understandably, neighbours have called to protest against the pig's loud snoring at night, forcing the family to move multiple times. In the seven years since purchasing their pet, the family has had to move six times, with the most recent move just this week.
Transporting the pig itself was no easy task as well, and five people were required to help carry the pig from one apartment to another within the same neighbourhood.
Props to the family for their dedication to their pet!