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Pet Pig Has Been Abandoned 3 Times — And She's Still Just A Baby

Bink finally has a place to call home, but it's been a long struggle to get there.

The family who originally brought Bink home didn't know how to take care of her needs, so they put her in a dog crate, where she stayed most of the time.

Bink is only 4 months old and she's been passed around from home to home. | Tallgrass Parrot Sanctuary

Then Bink went to a second family, who also kept her locked up in a small enclosure. Bink couldn't get the exercise or socializing she needed to be happy.

Finally, a wonderful woman who knew about the complexities of keeping a pet pig rescued Bink. But after the woman fell ill, she realized she couldn't give Bink what the pig really needed after all. She called Kail Marie, founder of Tallgrass Parrot Sanctuary in Lecompton, Kansas, desperate for help.

"We of course could not say no," Marie told The Dodo.

Finally, Bink has found a forever home at Tallgrass Parrot Sanctuary. | Tallgrass Parrot Sanctuary

But why was a parrot sanctuary interested in rescuing a pig?

Like parrots, pigs are misunderstood pets. People often get mini pigs without doing their research first, which ends up, in most cases, being a disaster for the animal, according to the sanctuary.

Bink was sold as a teacup pig, but she'll grow to be 60 to 100 pounds. | Tallgrass Parrot Sanctuary

Unfortunately, teacup pigs like Bink are often given up and abandoned, since most people don't know the needs pet pigs have when adopting them. Not only are pigs illegal to keep as pets in some places, but as these pigs grow they need special food and veterinary care to stay healthy.

One of the resident cats at the sanctuary checks out Bink, snoozing on the sofa. | Tallgrass Parrot Sanctuary

People also don't often realize that teacup pigs won't stay teacup-sized for long. Some try underfeeding their teacup pigs to keep them small, which results in terrible health and malnourishment.

"Bink will grow to 60 to 100 pounds, which is more than the people bargained for," Marie said.

Bink snuggles up to one of the sanctuary's resident cats, Sparta. | Tallgrass Parrot Sanctuary

"Breeders breed them too young, so when perspective buyers are shown the parents to prove that they are mini pigs, they are being sold a lie," Marie said.

And too many people are buying it. So, thousands of pigs across the U.S. are being given up to shelters when they become too big to handle.

"In 25 years of having the sanctuary, we never were asked to take pigs," Marie said. "Now, however, we are getting calls weekly."

Bink is bonding with the dog at the sanctuary, named Pocket. | Tallgrass Parrot Sanctuary

"We love pigs," Marie said, "but we know exactly what we are getting into."

Luckily, Bink has finally found a home where she can truly feel the love.

Bink has other pig friends to play with now. | Tallgrass Parrot Sanctuary

Tallgrass Parrot Sanctuary has four pigs right now, and plans to take in five more in the next few months. Click here to learn how you can help , or click here to see the sanctuary's Amazon wish list.

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