If travelling and exploring the world a little more in the New Year is one of your resolutions, prepare to be motivated by this adorable, well-travelled pig.
Yup, you read that right. Christopher the travelling pig isn’t the name of a children’s book; he’s a pet pig that Montreal couple Jonathan and Marilyn Duguay rescued roughly a year ago. They’ve been taking him on their North American travels ever since, and now he’s shooting to international fame.
Naturally, the Duguays began logging Christopher’s extensive travels on Instagram after they realized how much he loved to explore and be with them. And so far he’s collected more than 25,000 followers, who are all eager to catch snapshots of him at Harvard, the Grand Canyon or on the Vegas strip.
“At first we just started travelling and he liked it… smelling the new smells of the towns and aspects of the world,” Jonathan tells Your Morning’s Ben Mulroney. “He gets a lot of attention everywhere we go. People are always stopping us and taking pictures. He loves it, too.”
To be fair, who wouldn’t stop a couple walking a pet pig on the sidewalk or at a restaurant? I know I’d want to document that kind of sighting.
Of course, travelling with a pet pig isn’t as hunky-dory as it may sound. Bringing livestock with you — especially internationally — can be challenging thanks to all the paperwork that needs to be filled out. You’d also need to call ahead to make sure that hotels and restaurants will actually allow a live pig in their establishment. After all, what if pork is the featured menu item that night?
Still, the couple finds the extra effort to be worth it for their new family member, and they’re already making plans to visit Europe with Christopher in 2018. It kind of brings a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘when pigs fly,’ doesn’t it?
In the meantime, the Duguays are exploring the idea of capturing these adventures through a producer and potential online series, although nothing is official yet.
“If we can travel with him while getting paid that would be great but if not continue to just have fun,” Jonathan adds.
Move over, Wilbur. Looks like we’ve found the new, luckiest pig around.