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Husband comes home to find 20-stone runaway pig has become part of the family

A family who took in a runaway pig and have seen it balloon to the size of a sofa say the animal behaves just like a dog.

The massive hog called Blossom was adopted by the Lemons after they found her wandering around their village as a piglet.

Blossom was only around 18 months old when she joined Millie and husband David, 39, and their four children James, 10, Douglas, nine, Georgina, seven, and Sophie, five.

But Millie, from Wilton, Wiltshire, says she didn’t tell David when she first took the pig in.

The 38-year-old said: "The first he knew about it was when he came home late at night after a harvest and heard a funny noise, and there was Blossom on the sofa.

"If I’d asked him whether we could have a pig in the house, he’d have said definitely no. So I just did it – but he is very tolerant of her."

The family have watched their new pet balloon to about 20 stone – and the kids now even rest their feet on her as they watch TV.

Blossom is now as long as the Aga cooker in their kitchen which she regularly sleeps in front of.

The huge sow wanders freely in and out of the house and is fully domesticated – and can even sit on command.

She eats a children’s sandcastle bucket full of pig food twice a day – but also enjoys treats from the kids including bread, cheese and pasta.

Blossom also often dozes off in the front room.

Millie said Blossom was "quite little" when she joined the family home three years ago – but is now "enormous".

Millie, who works part-time at a stud farm, said: "I have no idea how much she weighs – but I reckon she must weigh more than my husband, over 20 stone.

"She makes the garden look a bit like a battlefield.

"In the summer she comes and goes freely into the house, in the winter she mainly sleeps in an old cattle shed we have.

"She’s enormous. She’s as long as the Aga, and as big as the sofa."

Millie, who keeps a menagerie of animals on the family’s arable farmland, added: "The dogs are quite happy having her around – but they’re also wary of her.

"She’ll sit down anywhere – so sometimes she’ll just plonk down on top of them and squash them."

Millie said Blossom is well-known around the tiny village of Wilton, near Marlborough.

The pig used to wander around and eat apples that villagers left out for her.

Milly said: "There was one woman in the village who got a bit unhappy with everyone feeding her.

"Then a friend of a friend said, ‘Millie will take her’, so she came here."

The family are unsure what breed she is but think she might be a cross breed.

They think she was saved from a pig market by a local and then passed between a couple of people to be looked after.

Eventually she ended up with a neighbour but she kept escaping and wandering about the village, so the Lemons agreed to take her on full time.

Millie added: "She doesn’t eat any veggies. She just won’t touch them – which is really odd, for a pig."

As well as Blossom, the family also keep two other pigs, as well as horses, ponies, alpacas, goats, dogs, cats and a budgie.

And thankfully, Millie’s collection of animals all seem very tolerant of Blossom coming and going – as do visitors who come round to the house.

The mum-of-four said: "My children’s friends love it. When they come round they’ll go, ‘Oh my goodness, there’s a pig in the garden’. And the kids will go, ‘Yeah, that’s Blossom.’

"My kids love that we have her – but for them, it’s just quite normal now. Even adults who come to the house will ask if they can have a picture with her."

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