We have seen the flying elephant, Dumbo, and what about the rat chef, Ratatouille – but have you heard of a painting pig? Unlike Dumbo or Ratatouille the painting pig is no fairytale, although her story would be pretty amazing if it were a movie. Yes, you heard right, Cape Town has its very own painting pig and she is one fabulous and friendly swine.

In the heart of the picturesque Franschhoek Valley lives a talented bore, Pigcasso. When owner of Farm Sanctuary (a rescue farm), Joanne Lesson gave Pigcasso paint brushes to play with, never did she imagine that this young piggy, who was rescued from a slaughter house, would start a career in painting.

Pigcasso, who was brought to the farm when she was just a little piglet, was never interested in balls or toys, but she took to paintbrushes immediately. Her paintings have even sold for R36 000. If it’s too unreal to digest, go and see for yourself. Visitors are welcomed to meet Pigcasso and her friends every Sunday at 12pm, or view some of her work on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am- 2pm.

We visited the farm and met the saucy sow – she is every bit the diva we expected. Watch the video:

Contact: 021 876 2718
Address: 59 Dirkie Uys St, Franschhoek
Website: www.pigcasso.org



Picture: Megan Moolman

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