A cute pet pig has become a TikTok sensation after learning how to ‘talk’ using buttons to communicate his needs.
Merlin, an eight-month-old mini Vietnamese pot belly pig, can ask for food, water or a walk, and even tells his owner he loves her.
Dubbed the ‘world’s smartest pig’ he can also use a litter tray and has made friends with his fellow pet rats.
He has now racked up more than a million followers on TikTok and Instagram, while his owner Mina Alali, 25, from San Jose, California, explained: ‘He has a button where he clicks it when he’s hungry. Or when he’s thirsty, and if he presses outside we’ll go outside.’
Mina said: ‘Everyone always comments that he is the world’s smartest pig.
‘It’s something I never expected, but he has learned everything so quickly.
‘I just wanted him to have good manners and be house-trained, but it’s been so surprising just how clever he is.