Facebook saved my bacon: How Lowrie the piglet was spared the chop after becoming an unlikely internet hit

A piglet has become an unlikely internet hit after being spared the chop and adopted as a family pet.

Lowrie the piglet was the runt of his Shetland litter and had to be hand-reared indoors by his owner Heather Davidson.

The two-week old piglet flourished and now has almost 3,000 fans following his progress on Facebook.


Facebook porker: Lowrie the piglet has become an unlikely internet hit with fans from all over the world


Fluffy: Lowrie has charmed his way into the hearts of thousands - and been spared the chop

The diminutive piglet left his brothers and sisters in the pigsty and now enjoys the luxuries of Ms Davidson's sitting room in her croft in Wester Quarff.

Lowrie has charmed his way away from the butchers as Ms Davidson admitted she 'could never eat him now'.

She said she originally set up the Facebook fanpage for the piglet 'for a laugh' so her friends could see him.

But as word of the piglet spread, his followers have grown to 2,845 at the last count.


Kind-hearted: Heather Davidson took Lowrie in when he was the runt of the litter

People have signed up from all over the world, including Australia, New Zealand and Canada.

She said: 'It has just gone mad. He got 300 fans in half an hour. They come from all over the world.

'He was the runt of the litter. He was tiny. He was so small he could fit into the palm of my hand. He is double that now.

'He thinks he rules the roost. He squeals a lot if you pick him up.

'If he hears the microwave he comes running because he knows he'll get fed and he nibbles on people's feet to get attention.'