Pig in Boots: The world's only porker who is afraid of mud
By Beth Hale
Last updated at 8:31 PM on 10th June 2008
But when this little piggy arrived in the farmyard she showed a marked reluctance to get her trotters dirty.
While her six brothers and sisters messed around in the mire, she stayed on the edge shaking. It is thought she might have mysophobia - a fear of dirt.
Owners Debbie and Andrew Keeble were at a loss, until they remembered the four miniature wellies used as pen and pencil holders in their office. They slipped them on the piglet's feet - and into the mud she happily ploughed.
Now she runs over to Mr Keeble so he can put them on for her in the morning.
Booted: Cinders, who used to be scared of the mud, in her new wellies. And, below, the young porker trots around the farmyard
The couple, who run the award-winning Debbie and Andrew's sausage company in Thirsk, North Yorkshire, named the young saddleback Cinders after Cinderella and her magical glass slippers.
They are using her to front a campaign to give a better deal to pig farmers.
Fortunately for five-week-old Cinders, she will not end up in one of their sausages. Although they were pig farmers for 20 years, the Keebles keep them only as pets nowadays.
'I don't know what will happen as she gets bigger,' said Mr Keeble.
'Hopefully she will grow out of her phobia of mud before she needs a new set of boots.'
Relieved: Farmers Andrew and Debbie KeebleAnd PS Tom, if it was me as a pig, it would have been pink. Hello....