Genevieve the RSPCA pig is rooting for one of the home nations to win the Rugby World Cup.
The two-year-old pot bellied pig is impressing staff at the RSPCA’s Southridge Animal Centre with her rugby skills.
The “kind and gentle” pig came into the RSPCA after being found trotting along a country lane and is now hoping to find a team of her own to join soon.
Anna White, manager of the centre in Potter’s Bar, Hertfordshire, said: “Pigs are really intelligent animals and need a stimulating environment to stop them from getting bored.
“Like all pigs she loves to root around so we give her treat balls to play with and things like logs and plenty of straw to investigate.
“We gave her a rugby ball just to see what she thought of it and she’s a natural. She knocks it around her pen with her snout.
“Pigs are really intelligent animals and need a stimulating environment to stop them from getting bored.”
“I’m not sure she’ll be getting a call up to the England squad just yet but hopefully we may get a call from some potential new owners.
“We’ll certainly give it a good try, let’s hope we are victorious.”
Just like the English and Welsh players, Genevieve, needs plenty of room to exercise, loves getting muddy occasionally* and enjoys company so will have to be rehomed with other swine or with someone looking to get another pig.
Kate Parkes, the RSPCA pig expert (and rugby fan), said: “Rehoming a pig is a big commitment as some breeds can live to 25 years of age and they need a lot of specialist care as well enough space and the right living conditions.
“Pigs are very social animals and need company. It would be great to find Genevieve’s perfect match.”
Anyone interested in rehoming pigs from the RSPCA should be experienced with livestock or have thoroughly researched how to care for them.
To find out more about Genevieve and offer her a home visit www.rspca.org.uk/findapet/details/-/Animal/GENEVIEVE/ref/131193/rehome/ or call RSPCA Southridge on 0300 123 0704