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Eleven years ago, Lauren Horobin bought what she thought was a “teacup pig.” It was 2008, she was 22, and these supposedly miniature sows were about to become all the rage. Before Paris Hilton carted around Princess Pigelette, and before teacup pigs were so in vogue that they were even “given out” as party favors during the 2010 Golden Globes, Horobin saw a teacup pig as a replacement for her childhood pug.

“I moved out on my own and wasn’t able to take the dog, and I missed her snorting and snores,” she says. After a quick search online, she came across a boutique breeder in Oregon who advertised “miniature teacup” and “extreme micro” pigs for sale. “I had my pick of the litter,” she says. “They basically send headshots of each piglet, and Bacon was shipped to me in August 2008.”

For the first year, Bacon was as advertised: cute as all get-out, just a smidge over 10 pounds and less than a foot long. Just look at this baby boy:

With her li’l Bacon to cuddle up with, Horobin was happy to see teacup pigs become a craze. More people were buying pigs as pets, and she was at the forefront of a trend.

Little did she know about the, uh, elephant in the room: There is no such thing as a teacup pig. “The 30-pound, foot-long ‘teacup’ I was promised grew like an absolute weed for the first year and then steadily continued growing for the following four years,” she tells MEL. 

After five years, Bacon was finally done growing. He’s now 160 pounds, over three feet around, four feet long and nearly two feet tall. Bacon is simply “a normal-sized potbelly pig, which is what I have since found out he is,” Horobin says.

She now feels ashamed that she “fell into the minipig myth BS,” and does everything she can to educate people about the hoax. She even rescued an abandoned pet pig, Ahdoboop:

Horobin is not alone. Nicole, a 28-year-old in Massachusetts who requested to go by just her first name in fear of harassment from teacup pig breeders (who she says can be “crazy motherfuckers”), is in the same boat.

“When we got our first pig, my husband was desperate for one but I wasn’t so sure,” she tells MEL. “He did lots of research on how to care for pigs, and took me to backyard breeders (back when we were dumb) ‘just to look.’ Well, you know how that went! Bacon had my heart immediately.”

Unlike most teacup pig breeders, the man who sold Nicole and her husband their pig was “shockingly honest-ish” about how big he might grow. “I can’t stress how rare that is,” she tells MEL, “but this guy wasn’t so much a breeder as just some random guy on Craigslist with cheap pigs in a backyard shack. … Look up ‘teacup pig breeder’ on Facebook to see the more typical experience: piglets only, no mom in sight, posed on fluffy pink pillows.”

Despite his honesty, Bacon’s breeder still suggested Nicole feed him rabbit food “to keep him small.” But Bacon’s new owners didn’t buy it. “We feed him pig food because he is a pig.”

Now, Nicole’s Bacon is just 3 years old and around 90 pounds. “[He] could still double in size, or more!” Nicole says.

Unfortunately, people like Nicole and Horobin who keep their teacup pigs after they’ve grown full size are in the extreme minority. So many people were sold a “teacup pig” with the promise that it would stay the size of a small dog — only to end up with a giant hog on their hands — that teacup pig abandonment is an outright epidemic.