Lucky swines! Mini pigs become social media sensations after posing for stylish snaps
Two adorable mini PIGS have become social media sensations after posing for stylish snaps on the internet.
The cute pair of stylish swines named Priscilla and Poppleton live with their “mother” 42-year-old Melissa Nicholson, in Ponte Vedre Beach, Florida.
Teacher Melissa will spend her time dressing up her pet pigs to the nines, with bow-ties, ruffles and caps and then the trio will go and play on the beach and pose for pictures for the pigs’ Instagram page.
Glamorous Priscilla and her brother Poppleton have a whopping 261,000 Instagram followers and they pair will even come to school with Melissa, dressed in tailored blazers- much to the delight of the students.
Melissa said: “The little pigs have totally impacted upon my life. They bring so much unconditional love to my life.
“My niece started the Instagram page @prissy_ pig and we didn’t think that it would would be so popular. I remember thinking it would be nice to hit 500 followers. When we hit 100,000 I was amazed- and I still am”.
Animal lover Melissa first became interested in pigs while at University in rural Alabama, when she used to visit pig farms.
When a friend posted a picture of a pet mini pig on Facebook, Melissa knew it was the pet for her.
She said: “I got Melissa when she was six weeks old and I just knew she was an all pink girl”
“She loves hugs, is very affectionate and an attention seeker.
“The pigs have given me an awareness that animals are friends not food. I have become a vegetarian again after 20 years.
“Priscilla and Poppleton love snacks and the school children have been encouraged to eat healthier so that they can share their food with pigs.
“The pigs’ favourite food is Cheerios and Peanut butter.
Melissa started dressing up the pampered pigs after taking some seasonal pictures of the pair in Christmas and Halloween outfits, which were originally meant for puppies.
Now she dresses up the pigs all the time,in specially made clothes, much to the delight of the pigs’ online fans.
Melissa said: “Sometimes there is pressure to take pictures for special holidays or occasions, because there is a deadline and I don’t want to disappoint fans.
“However, it has become a hobby for me, so I just try and have fun with the pictures, documenting their lives on a daily basis.
And for Melissa, the famous piggies are more than just cute pets.
She added: “I hope to help use Priscilla and Poppleton as spokes piggies to help find homeless animals and to raise awareness that “animals are friends not food.
“I’ve started by using them to help mu students learn compassion and responsibility and what it takes to care for a pet”.