It may be impossible not to squeal with delight while watching this adorable micro pig getting a belly rub in the video above. If this little guy is any indication, it is no surprise that micro pigs have seen such a spike in popularity, joining celebrities like Paris Hilton and Victoria Beckham as pet companions. The goody bags at the Golden Globes even reportedly included vouchers for a micro-pig.
However, there has been no shortage of controversy surrounding the ownership of micro pigs. Many believe that being farm animals, these little creatures are not meant for a solitary domestic life. "Pigs are naturally rooters. They started out as forest animals. If they are kept in a house they are going to be destructive," Kirsty Bayley, a pig herd manager at the Institute for Animal Health, tells BBC News.
According to Best Friends Animal Society, many who chose to adopt the teacup pigs do not realize that the animal will eventually outgrow its miniature size, and will likely end up abandoned in already overrun animal shelters. If you're looking to own a pet, visit your local shelter or Petfinder.com.