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Brooklyn Pot-Belly 'Piggie Smalls' Packs on Pounds and Moves Upstate

By Janet Upadhye | May 27, 2015 2:16pm
 Piggie Smalls, the Micro Pot-Bellied pig, lived at the Brooklyn Cares Vet team in Clinton Hill.
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Piggie Smalls has been shipped upstate — and that's not a euphemism.

The Cap'n Crunch-eating pot-bellied pig who captured the hearts of Clinton Hill residents last summer has moved on to "a better place," according to Stephanie Liff, medical director at Brooklyn Cares Vet Clinic.

Piggie, who lived at the clinic for nearly a year, packed on 40 pounds and moved to a family home in Saugerties, N.Y., where he can "both root in the mud and snuggle with his new family on the couch while watching TV," Liff said.

He also has a new best friend, a chicken named Elvis.

The former piglet once greeted customers at the clinic's door, chased dogs around the waiting room and snorted happily throughout the day, according to staff.

But earlier this year, the time came for Piggy to move to a "more appropriate place for a pig," staff said. 

And like his namesake rapper, Piggie got B.I.G.

"He's like 50 pounds now," Liff said. "He was less than 10 when we adopted him."

The friendly swine's absence in the neighborhood hasn't gone unnoticed. 

"The clients definitely miss him... and myself and my staff absolutely miss him," Liff said.