Sadly, Cheech came to us as the result of a couple’s divorce in November 2015. He was originally bought from a breeder in South Florida as a pet for the couple’s son. When the mom and son moved away, Cheech was left in the care of the dad who had never bonded with him. By that time, Cheech was two years old and unneutered, leading him to become aggressive towards the dad. In addition, the dad was going to be moving and couldn’t take Cheech with him. So Cheech came to live with us at FPAS.
When he arrived at the sanctuary, he immediately became top pig, with all the other residents bowing down to him and letting him rule the pen. He even challenged Skye a few times! Despite his feisty tendencies however, he has always loved and been respectful towards kids (particularly Summer when she was young), which makes it clear that being raised by a child had an impact on him. He sits on command, is very photogenic, and is one of our most verbal pigs. Cheech came with his name and has been lovingly given the title Cheech the Lion due to his big personality and large lion's mane like mohawk.