Giant 20-stone pet pig now nursing ‘abandoned’ lambs back to full health
A 20-stone house pig has become an unlikely father to lambs rejected by their mothers.
Francisco, a Vietnamese pot-bellied cross has been seen rolling over onto his back for the adorable lambs to bounce on like a trampoline.
Once bought as a 'micropig' for a teenage girl's birthday, the pet grew to become anything but micro and was re-homed by animal experts.
Francisco's current owners Morag Sangster and John Ryan, both 55, have recently added to their household, MacAllan, and Belzebob who had been rejected by their mothers.
The married couple who run Tribe Animal Sanctuary in Carluke, South Lanarkshire, say they are nursing the little lambs – now three weeks old – back to health with the help of their gentle giant.
Morag, who works as a tattoo artist, said: "The lambs love cuddling, and they like his big belly because he's so warm.
"He just gets on with it because he's an easy-going big guy. It's a match made in heaven really.
"They can get mischievous however, one day they jumped on top of him and done a poo on him. He wasn't too bothered though, to be honest.
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"He's an easy-going laid-back guy taking everything in his stride, including the two lambs who have stolen his bed and are jumping all over him.
"Both the lambs were abandoned by their mothers at three weeks old. Belzebob was really small, and MacAllan had a spinal injury, so we took both into the house to bottlefeed until they got better.
"When we took them into the house, the first thing they went for was Francisco's bed in the conservatory. When he came in and saw Belzebob and MacAllan there, he just sat down next to them and they squeezed into him. "He seemed to quite like them.
"We were quite worried at first, as lambs are quite lively and they were nibbling away on his hair. Yet he just rolled over and made a grunt he makes when he's content, so we knew he liked it.
"The dogs are always on hand to give out a warning if the lambs start getting too nippy.
"We're planning on keeping the lambs in for two or three weeks, if they become any bigger it may become an issue for Francisco. Right now however it's perfect.
"Francisco's been living in the house since he's been three months old and goes out for a wander during a day, but when the weather's bad he stays in. He's very settled here.
"We don't see it as mad in this house, but there's a lot going on here for sure. We've got over 100 animals at the farm so we are always ready for the unexpected.
"It's kind of normal here at the sanctuary because you never know what will happen."
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