But intense efforts are under way to save their bacon before Christmas.
Tipperary sisters Tia and Tamara, five-year-old Vietnamese pot-bellied pigs, have been taken in by the Cork Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (CSPCA) after their owner was forced to give them up.
CSPCA manager Vincent Cashman said their owner was emigrating because of the recession and was desperate to ensure her cherished pets are looked after.
“In fairness, she went about it the right way and was very responsible about the whole thing,” he said.
The woman made enquiries and someone recommended she ask the CSPCA — a charity which normally deals with stray cats and dogs — for help.
Mr Cashman said his staff were a little surprised when the request came in but were delighted to help, adapting a section of the dog run behind the kennel area of their Mahon dog pound for them.
Tia and Tamara moved in on Tuesday and have made a pigsty of the place already.
Now, Mr Cashman said his staff are determined to find the pigs a caring home in time for Christmas.
“They are pets. They’re not really fit for anything other than that. We will deliver them to the right home, but will be inspecting the place first to ensure it suits their specific needs.”
Anyone who would like to adopt the pigs will be asked to make a donation to the CSPCA.
Pigs have been placed fourth on the intelligence list behind humans, primates, and dolphins or whales. Pigs that have been neutered or spayed are generally sweet-natured.
Mr Cashman said caring for a pig requires a great deal of commitment, time, skill, money, and land on which to house them.
Anyone who would like to adopt Tia and Tamara should contact the CSPCA on 021 4515534.