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Are you ready for London’s first ever pop-up ‘pignic’?

First we had the owl cocktail bar, now it’s a pig picnic. Is there no end to London’s animal-themed pop ups? We challenge you to look at these micro pigs without your heart singing a little.

Pop-up bars and restaurants are so 2014. This year it’s all about the animals. And the cutest one by far is the upcoming London Pignic, a pop-up picnic promising food, drinks, a chance to learn about pig welfare and, of course, hang out with a load of miniature piggies.

The event has been put together by urban city guide Yelp, who have been working with animal charities and animal welfare organisations to come up with an evening that will be both fun and educational. “We want to make it clear that a potential journey towards pet pig ownership must start with realistic size expectations,” said a statement from Yelp. “We will work to educate the public with The Pignic in the hope that fewer pigs will end up being abandoned.”

Welfare is also the priority for Bedfordshire-based licensed micro pig breeder Petpiggies, who are providing the pigs for the special event.

“Micro pigs are very sociable and enjoy the company of people and other animals,” says the Petpiggies website. “Being a herd animal, micro pigs should not be kept alone as they may suffer from depression. A single pet pig is fine when owners are on hand to spend regular time with their pet, however we strongly recommend keeping at least two micro pigs if circumstances do not allow this. By far the most important requirement for owning a micro pig is a responsible owner who remains fully committed to caring for their pet and its ongoing welfare.”

Photo credit: micropigsuk/Instagram

Photo credit: micropigsuk/Instagram

Photo credit: micropigsuk/Instagram
Video credit: petpiggies micro pigs/YouTube

The London Pignic is popping up at The Proud Archivist, Haggerston from May 21 to May 25 (times vary). Tickets are being allocated randomly; you need to show your interest by RSVPing here and wait to see if you’re one of the lucky pignic goers. Tickets cost £30, with money from each ticket sale going to non-profit organisation Farms not Factories.

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