An influencer who shares her home with an 80kg pig says she treats him like her child with cuddles on the sofa and playtime in the garden.
Simone Partner, from Bath, grew up on a farm in the countryside and always wanted a pig of her own to keep her company.
The 28-year-old, who posts beauty videos on YouTube and is known as Eltoria on social media, signed for her first home three-and-a-half years ago and bought Milo the pig to move in, with him costing £500.
The once tiny piglet has now grown huge in size, but Simone says the animal makes a perfect pet, and Milo and her springer spaniel named Brooke “are like brother and sister”.
The YouTuber and her fiancé Joe take their parenting very seriously, with Simone saying: “People think we are mad, especially when they see him happily sprint across the patch of grass by our home.
“But mostly people are fascinated by Milo and they are always asking to come around and see him.
“We get asked if we can take him on walks just like a dog, but you need a special license to do that believe it or not.”
The pair have cut bacon out of their diets completely, saying they couldn’t face a bacon sandwich as Milo has become like a son to them and as soon as he moved in they decided to turn ‘porketatian’.
Milo’s own diet is very healthy, with Simone explaining: “His belly is like clockwork. Between 5.45pm and 6pm everyday he will stop whatever he is doing and scream for his food.
“His diet is healthier than ours and consists of fresh fruit and vegetables and special pig pellets.
“He is tidy and completely house-trained other than when he loves to bring straw into the house from his outside bedding, which I always have to clean up after him.
“He has his own ‘pig-proof’ house in the back garden where he sleeps at night but most days he loves sleeping on the sofa, snuggled up to the pillows, his mermaid blanket and squeaky toys.
“He can sleep there for hours at a time. He really does have the life.”
Simone and Joe say Milo has helped them stay relaxed during the pandemic, with Simone admitting: “Milo is actually a very comforting and soothing animal to have around so if anything, he’s kept me very chilled during lockdown.
“I may regret to admit this but when I start feeling a little stressed, I lay down next to him and just give him a huge cuddle.
“He often likes to raise his nose towards him so I can give him a kiss on the snout.”
Milo’s typical day involves getting out of bed and running to his ‘toilet space’ in the garden, before munching down on breakfast, drinking out of the dog’s water bowl and taking a morning nap on his rug.
Any changes to his schedule results in Milo oinking loudly to complain, and the family love ‘lazy Sundays’ where Simone boasts Milo makes the perfect cuddle buddy.
She says his only annoying habit is when he is cleaning his teeth and chomping while he relaxes, which “sounds a bit like a washing machine and can drive you up the wall”.
Milo also loves sunbathing and his owners have to ensure they regularly slap on the suncream so he doesn’t get burnt.
Simone, who is writing a children’s book based on Milo, doesn’t care what people think of a beauty influencer sharing her home with a pig, saying: “Pigs make amazing pets as they are really intelligent, full of personality and extremely responsive towards humans.
“Brooke thinks Milo is annoying because he always hogs our attention and likes to sleep in the dog’s crate.”
She warned people to “do their homework” if they are looking to buy a pig, saying there isn’t such thing as a ‘micro pig’ or ‘tea-cup’ pig.
Simone added: “Milo is actually a ‘miniature pig’ and is smaller than a regular pig, even though by looking at him you won’t think so.
“Micro pigs just don’t exist and it is naive to buy a pig thinking it is going to stay tiny and then complain when the pig grows.”