Nurse who adopted pet pig 'Wilbur' in lockdown enjoys walks on promenade with him
A&E nurse Jane Sudds from Blackpool always wanted a pet pig and during the 2020 winter lockdown, she realised she was at the right stage in life to welcome one into her home.
The Mirror reports that a nurse who adopted a pet pig “Wilbur” during lockdown now enjoys going for walks on the beach with him and says his favourite thing to do is “follow her around”.
After years of research, the Blackpool local adopted Wilbur, who now lives with her in Blackpool and enjoys walks on the famous beach, Lancs Live reported.
Jane, 32, said Wilbur has settled in quickly and loves his outdoor space as well as snuggling in the living room with her, Pomeranian dog Moo, aged 10, and cat Kitty, aged six.
Jane said: “He is a little monkey.
“He’s really loving and always wants attention, he’s also a proper foodie, strawberries and melon are his favourites.
“His favourite thing to do is to follow me around!
“I think he thinks he’s smaller than he is, but he’s actually quite a heavy lump, but it’s so lovely.”
Jane approached micro pig breeder Kew Little Pigs, who told her she would have to do a pig keeping course, which would teach her all about how to look after Wilbur properly.
When Wilbur arrived he had to stay at home for 20 days and Jane had to apply for a walking licence, outlining specific routes that she would use when she takes Wilbur for his walks.
She said: “There is quite a lot to it, and you have to be sure you have some outside space because many pigs like to be outside for the majority of the time.
“Wilbur just wants to be wherever I am, but he also has his ball pit, mud pit and sandpit in his outside pen.
“When I go to work he enjoys it out there, and Kitty goes outside too so I think she pays him a few visits in the day.
“He really likes to go to the beach, though he didn’t like going in the sea at first.
“He just trots up and down and everyone wants to come and pet him and cuddle him.
“A half-hour walk will always take double the time because of all the people who want to stop and say hello.”
When preparing to adopt Wilbur, Jane took her new responsibilities very seriously, and at the same time her friend Hannah, who lives nearby, adopted Wilbur’s brother Boris.
This means that when either of them wants to go on holiday the other can care for the pigs, after informing the appropriate authorities that their pets will be moved, as they are classed as livestock.
(Story source: The Mirror)