Ziggy the miniature Vietnamese potbelly pig does not respond to local pig dialect.

“Oink! Oink!” usually means, “Look at the camera and smile,” but the pig flatly ignored this request by TygerBurger.

Ziggy’s Vietnamese twang sounds more like a “Oeeeee! *snork*snork* Oeeeee!”, which probably means, “What is this underneath the sand? More sand!”

While this newspaper talked to Ziggy’s owner, Brian Thackwray, the “adorable” pig could not get enough of Milnerton beach’s sand.

Thackwray has been bringing Ziggy to the beach virtually every day for the last two years, but for his incorrigible pet every day is a new adventure.

“I’m usually in a bit of a hurry, because I must go to work, but today he is really enjoying himself,” he laughs.

When asked how he knows that Ziggy is enjoying it particularly that day, he responded, “He’s not attacking me!”

Ziggy is apparently quite a violent “little” pig, and could easily get fascinated with blood trickling from an exposed ankle. In fact, most of the times Thackwray is hiding in gumboots.

Every now and again an unsuspecting dog strolls past Ziggy, but just one “Oeeee!” will send the canine scrambling.

The braver dogs might find Ziggy interesting, but according to Thackwray there would be no contest if one of these dogs has a liking for pork.

In response to whether he recommends people to purchase a Ziggy of their own, Thackwray answers: “He’s pig-headed! I wouldn’t advise anyone to get themselves one.”

Ziggy loves walking back home exactly the way he came by following his own footsteps in the sand.

“His smell and hearing is better than a dog’s and he’s much cleaner too,” concludes Thackwray.

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