- 八月 31, 2019
A couple who thought they had a fashionable micropig were stunned when
their prized pet grew into 47 stone MONSTER.
Why Don’t You Have a Boyfriend?
The gigantic grunter, called Esther, is heavier than a fully grown polar
bear – but owners Steve Jenkins and Derek Walter thought she would stay
a cute little piggy, never weighing more than five stone。
I recently moved back to Melbourne after 18 months spent living in
When people asked me if I was nervous about returning home after such a
long time away, I had to admit that I was.
The whopping swine, thought to be a commercial hog, lives in their
house, eats £30 worth of fruit, veg and oats a week and even enjoys a
nap on the couple’s bed。
But not because I was concerned that my home town would seem quaint
after living in one of the most bustling of metropolises, or because I
feared being mocked for having adopted some strange turns of phrase (I
now say ‘half five’, instead of ‘half-past five’).
My apprehension was entirely due to the fact that all my friends are
And the two-year-old sow is an internet sensation with her own Facebook
page, Esther the Wonder Pig, which has an amazing 235,000 followers。
In London, nearly all of my friends were single – though brief trysts
and hook up stories were rife – and saved their energy for blossoming
careers and exploring Europe.
Back in Melbourne, engagement ring selfies on Facebook and ‘Save the
Date’ cards were suddenly flying thick and fast.
Steve, from Ontario, Canada, said: “We lived in denial for a long-time,
friends would come over and say ‘she’s getting bigger’ and Derek and I
would say ‘no she’s not’。
And while I was thrilled for my friends, I felt a twinge of self-pity,
knowing that my single status would be more marked than ever before in
our Noah’s Ark-like society where people must be paired off two-by-two.
How was it that almost everyone I knew had managed to find their life
partner by their mid- to late-20s?
“But soon she was standing to steal things off the kitchen counters, the
couch became smaller, and of course there was the weight gain。
I’ve always been the perennially single one of all my friends.
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Boyfriends have rarely lasted long, probably because I seem to have a
penchant for flaky musicians and artist types, and in all honesty, this
has rarely bothered me.
“We just adapted and loved her more. What else could we do? It wasn’t
her fault and we would never give up a pet。
For me, a boyfriend was always the icing on the cake rather than the
cake itself; the element that made life even sweeter when everything
else – career, plans, my sense of self – was going well.
Like most people I want to fall in love, and eventually build a life
together with someone I care deeply for, but I’ve never believed in
having a relationship for relationship’s sake.
“At night, when we lived in Georgetown [America] she had a mattress in
the living room, but since we moved to the farm she has decided she
needs to be close to us and now sleeps beside our bed with her mattress
on the floor。
I can feel frustrated sometimes at the ways being single affects my
life, but primarily due to practical concerns.
Such as, if I want to avoid living in another sharehouse and find a
place of my own instead, I’m going to be paying double the amount a
couple would pay for a one-bedroom apartment.
“She still on occasion climbs up onto our bed for a nap during the day.”
Or, if I go on a vacation with a group of coupled friends, am I going to
be find myself on a foldout couch or blow up mattress rather than a lush
guestroom with a double bed?
Ultimately though, my unattached status seems to bother others more than
it does me.
The enormous animal – who is toilet trained – lives in their house along
with two dogs and a cat. The couple provide daily Facebook updates on
Esther’s exploits and sell calendars, postcards and mugs featuring the
A question I’m asked with frustrating regularity is, ‘why don’t you have
a boyfriend?!’, typically voiced in an incredulous, slightly shocked
The subtext seems to be something along the lines of: “but you’re such a
special snowflake! Can’t you find anyone who wants you?”
Esther is now almost ten times her expected size, and is fed a diet of
rolled oats, barley, and corn. She also enjoys fresh fruit and
vegetables like over ripe bananas and veggie peels。
It’s intended as a compliment; it’s really an insult.
The query’s underlying implication is that the only reason a woman would
be single is because nobody wants her, and it can’t possibly be by
choice or design.
The cute pink animal spends her days rooting in the gardens, eating,
sleeping and cuddling up to her other furry friends。
And, in a world where women are expected to have a romantic relationship
as their foremost concern, where being single is a problem to be solved
, people can’t help but look at you askance if you’re in no rush to snag
the nearest male who expresses even a fleeting interest in you.
“Why don’t you have a boyfriend?!” tends to go hand in hand with that
oft-repeated, equally frustrating refrain about men, that “all the good
ones are taken.”
In just one year, her Facebook page has picked up more than 235,000
followers who are treated to pictures and videos of the pig。
The notion that some people willingly remain uncoupled or are waiting
for something better to come along is a concept our society appears to
struggle with. But at least men are given the dignity of the ‘bachelor’
They’re playboys, too cool to commit, too many wild oats to sow, no
biological clock ticking loudly at them every minute of every day.
Steve added: “It is still surreal and absolutely mind-boggling. We
started Esther’s page just as a way for immediate friends and family to
stay in touch with us and Esther’s antics。
Single women, on the other hand, are painted as spinsters, sad and
desperate and still burdened with those same ‘maiden’ names (aka, our
own names) bestowed upon them at birth.
The truth is, I’m picky. Most people seem to misread that as “I’ll only
settle for Ryan Gosling.” What it actually means is, I want to date
somebody who I feel a mental and physical attraction to – and physical
attraction is not code for ‘ripped and looks like Alexander Skarsgard’
by the way, and nor is it something men are expected to compromise on
when looking for a mate.
“But one of those friends shared Esther’s page on an animal-related
website and the next thing we knew Esther’s page had 10,000 likes and it
The fact that I’m not willing to compromise on this is something some
people find very confusing, and, dare I say, even confronting.
Friends have told me on more than one occasion that I should date
someone merely because he asked me out, with no regard for my feelings
on the matter.
“Derek and I are Esther’s voice and some days it is really challenging
to come up with new quips and I will sit there staring at a picture
until something comes to me。
But why would I embark on a relationship with someone who feels wrong to
me, when it would serve no purpose except to see me with a partner (and
would in fact distract time and energy I could better spend on focusing
on being the best person I can be)?
Here’s the thing. Relationships are an enormous commitment. They take
work, and while I’m sure the benefits are plenty, I don’t believe in
settling if you haven’t found one that will work for you.
“Other days it’s as if I can read Esther’s thoughts and I swear she can
convey them with her eyes and her smile。
Finding someone who fits the criteria – someone you find appealing both
inside and out, with whom you have that inexplicable spark, that ‘zing’
of chemistry and connection – and who wants the same things as you at
the same time and whose lifestyle and goals and dreams are compatible
with your own – well, that’s no easy task, but I’m not going to settle
for anything less.
And even if that means I’m going to be sleeping on the foldout bed at
the guesthouse indefinitely, I’m okay with that.
“People’s reaction to meeting Esther still amazes us, it’s like they’re
meeting a movie star or royalty. Even now people are amazed by her size
and her awareness。
“It is as if she knows she is famous and that is her role, that she is
changing the world’s view of her kind and their amazing abilities to
think, feel and be loved.”