Ripon pigsty’s Only Fools and Trotters

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“A pig is for life, not just for Christmas” is the motto of Deborah Craddock, the proud owner of a litter of micropigs and miniature kune kune piglets.

Deborah is now putting the piglets, who live together on a small-holding in Bishop Monkton, up for sale – just in time for Christmas.

From left, owner Deborah Craddock and Ripon Gazette reporter Laura Connor. (1211123AM)

From left, owner Deborah Craddock and Ripon Gazette reporter Laura Connor. (1211123AM)

Ten piglets just 12 days old and 11 New Zealand kune kune piglets – ranging from three to eight weeks old – currently share a pigsty with their ‘Trotter’ herd, named after Only Fools and Horses characters.

The kune kune piglets, who “love human attention”, are available now from £75-100 each, while the micropigs go on sale on December 23 for £100 each – making an unusual Christmas gift.

Owner Deborah Craddock, 54, who runs Hoeplants garden centre at South Stainley with her husband Steve, 60, said: “The kune kune piglets love humans. I first got the adult pigs as a birthday present seven years ago, and decided to name them after Only Fools and Horses characters.”

The kune kune ‘Trotter’ herd includes Rodney, Del Boy, Grandad – the oldest of the bunch at 15 years-old – and mum Marlene.

“Every time I have a litter I come up with a theme – so the kune kune piglets are all named after chocolate bars, and my micropigs will be named after flowers.”

The current chocolate-themed three-week-old piglets are Snickers, Bounty, Crunchie, Flake and Mars.

Deborah, who worked as a professor of auditory neuroscience at the University of Leeds for 20 years, recommended the pigs go to homes with plenty of outdoor space where they can roam freely.

“They are such lovely animals. They just want love and attention. If you tickle their bellies and make a fuss, they are just in pig heaven,” she said.

“They are such happy pigs. And they’ll happily let you cuddle them all day.”

l If you would like to own a

piglet, contact Deborah on 01765 677078. The pigs may grow to full size.