Cheyenne, WY (KGWN) - The Cheyenne Animal Shelter has had a variety of animals come through their doors, but a 300-pound pot-bellied pig has to be one of it's biggest guests.
Buckaroo, or Bucky for short, has lived with the same family for nearly his whole life. He was purchased from a pet store in Casper, Wyoming. The family was told that Bucky was a “micro-pig” and could live his life in a medium sized aquarium. Quickly the family realized that was not true. Bucky had his own room, his own bed and his own doggy door so he could go in and out of the house as he pleased, leading him to be a completely domesticated pig. Buckaroo had to be surrendered by his owners because they did not have the time to give that he deserved.
While Bucky has been at the shelter, he's lived on the dog adoption floor, but it's a cat named Pickles that he's really bonded with. Katie Emmons with the shelter says Bucky takes laps around the shelter, and on Thursday, Pickles joined Bucky, riding on Bucky's back as he walked around.
Arrangements are being made for Bucky to be transported to the Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab, Utah. This facility will act as a sanctuary for Bucky. He will have plenty of space, food and other pig companions. However, he cannot be transported for several weeks.
The Cheyenne Animal Shelter is asking for help from the community as they house this unusual animal. Bucky has a significantly different diet than what our shelter is equipped with, so they are asking for donations of fresh fruits and vegetables. You can donate any fresh fruits and vegetables to the animal shelter seven days a week from 8 AM to 6 PM.