File photo: Graham bought the pet for his wife as a birthday present five years ago as she is allergic to cats and dogs. Picture: Wikimedia Commons

London - We have all dealt with salesmen who have told a few porkies.

But spare a thought for Nigel and Sam Graham, who were sold a micro pig which has grown up to be a 28-stone (about 178kg) beast.

Graham bought the pet for his wife as a birthday present five years ago as she is allergic to cats and dogs.

He was told it would weigh no more than five stone as an adult.

But the pig, called Grace, has now taken over the ground floor of their three-bedroom cottage. She is five feet long, stands waist-high to a human and gets through £20 (about R400) of food a week.

Grace has become used to the finer things in life, scoffing on rice pudding with jelly or tinned peaches and refusing to sleep outside in a sty the Grahams built for her.

But rather than grow frustrated Graham, a father of two girls, says Grace has become like a "third daughter" to them. The family have even stopped eating bacon.

Graham, 57, said that when he went to the farm to buy Grace, he was shown her parents. "They were about knee-high, which is the size of a fully-grown micro pig," he added. "They were fed a couple of pig pellets a day, whereas Grace gets three big meals a day and treats.

"I think that’s contributed to her size, really. Plus she get loads of exercise as well. So she is sturdy and powerful." Grace has her own "pig flap" so she can come and go as she pleases at the home in Malvern, Worcestershire, she shares with Mr and Mrs Graham, 48, and their younger daughter Xena, 29. 

She sleeps on an orthopaedic mattress in the living room and lounges on the family’s sofa when they watch TV.

Nigel, a property developer, said: "She will go outside but not if it’s raining or it’s windy. She’s got quite used to her creature comforts and likes to stay cosy – and she’s toilet trained so she’s really clean.

"She’s part of the family. She’s not like a pig. It’s no different than a dog or a cat, in fact she is cleaner than one of my daughters and shows me more love. Grace eats three full meals a day as well as pig pellets, fruit and left-overs from the family.

"Bacon was my favourite meat but, since Grace has joined the family, we don’t eat it any more as it just wouldn’t feel right.

"It’s great when people come into our house, not knowing about Grace, as their reactions are priceless."

Daily Mail