Meet Hamlet, a miniature oatmeal eating pet pig who is the star of a recent video that went viral.
“This little piggy went to market, this little piggy stayed home, this little piggy had oatmeal….”
Meet Hamlet, a miniature pig who likes to eat oatmeal. Oatmeal? Why not? Most farm raised pigs eat a blend of oats and grains, but Hamlet is no ordinary pig. He lives inside a house as a pet and family member. Hamlet probably has more in common with a little dog, being lavished attention upon and treated like he is king of his castle. The video of Hamlet going down a flight of stairs to get his morning bowl of oatmeal recently went viral, capturing many “Awwwwww!” responses from viewers. For such a small pig, Hamlet is quite capable of running up as well as down stairs even though he is so much smaller than the height of a step. This is one determined little pig, and very cute, with his black markings against a baby pink hide. Just like other pigs, Hamlet is smart and can be trained to do all kinds of tricks easily, even more so than dogs. Researchers have shown that pigs are even smarter than dogs. Pigs are social animals, and Hamlet is very social, which is why he enjoys being the subject of the video.
What is so amusing about the stairs and oatmeal in this video is that it seems like Hamlet has some reservations at first while a family member encourages him to come downstairs to eat breakfast. Hamlet initially begins down the stairs but then runs back up to the second floor. Maybe he is thinking that he needs a quick shower before eating breakfast. It is easy to tell that Hamlet is one clean pig though, and like cats, can be trained to use a litter box. On farms, pigs will use only one corner of the pen for such business, and dine and sleep in another part of the pen. Hamlet finally goes for it though, bounding down the stairs at lightening speed, and aims directly for the bowl of oatmeal. One of his little feet ends up inside the bowl, but the oatmeal is not too hot for Hamlet to eat, which is good, as hot foods could burn his sensitive throat.
There are several other videos of Hamlet at home on Youtube, which include him having a conversation with a family member at the top of the stairs, and playing with his toys. All of them are worth looking at, if only to appreciate the antics of this cute miniature pig.