14.4.10

LOWRIE

How cute?!

A piglet called Lowrie has becomea real life “Babe”
and a Facebook hit after being spared the
chop and adopted as a family pet in Wester
Quarff, in the Shetland Isles.

The two week old piglet was the runt of his litter
and had to be hand-reared indoors by his
owner Heather Davidson. Lowrie has charmed
his way away from the butchers as Mrs
Davidson admitted she "could
never eat him now".

The diminutive piglet now enjoys the luxuries of
Mrs Davidson's sitting room in her croft. The
animal has also become an internet hit,
garnering almost 3,000 fans on
Facebook, the social
networking site.


Mrs Davidson said she originally set up the
fanpage for the piglet "for a laugh" so her friends
could see him. But as word spread people signed
up to the group from all over the world
including Australia, New Zealand
and Canada.


"It has just gone mad. He got 300 fans in half
an hour,” she said. "He was the runt of the
litter, he was tiny. He was so small he could
fit into the palm of my hand. He is double
that now and he thinks he rules the roost.
He squeals a lot if you pick him up.”


She added: "If he hears the microwave he
comes running because he knows he'll get
fed and he nibbles on people's
feet to get attention."


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