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Teacup pigs a trendy, but not ideal, pet

Maybe it's childhood memories of "Charlotte's Web," or perhaps it's because the intelligent animals love to interact with people, but many kids (and adults) can't help but find pigs endearing.

So, when it was announced that there was a teeny-tiny version of everyone's favorite barnyard animal available, it sparked a pet trend that swept the U.S. and the U.K.

Though teacup pigs have become a popular pet for celebrities and animal lovers alike, in recent weeks they have also become a controversial topic of discussion among animal rights activists.

When celebrities like David and Victoria Beckham and "Harry Potter" star Rupert Grint began scooping up these smaller-than-pint-sized versions of potbellied pigs, many people followed suit. However, some animal experts have come forward to say that teacup pigs are actually more of a marketing ploy, not a convenient pet.

"It gives people an image of a very small pig - they will not stay small," Yvonne McIntosh, the manager at Best Friends Animal Society, a Utah sanctuary, told the Metro. "It takes them five years to reach mature size."

Because many homeowners are not prepared to take care of and house a full-grown pig, experts fear that when the pigs begin to grow they will be dumped or given to animal rescue centers.

The designer swine cost upwards of $1,000 each.
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