Lydia the pot-bellied pig is the newest four-legged tail-wagging visitor ambling the halls of a Bridgewater nursing home, bringing smiles to residents and workers with her snorts and grunts.
The nine-kilogram bundle belongs to Cecil Haughn, the long-time environmental services director at Hillside Pines Home for Special Care, who thought four-month-old Lydia would bring joy to the Exhibition Drive facility.
Another part of the reason for bringing Lydia in on a daily basis is to bring more animals into the picture as a way to help combat boredom, loneliness and helplessness; three unhealthy things that can creep into people's lives as they get older.
Hillside already has two "house" rabbits and cats on site delighting residents for years.
A lingering question surrounds Lydia's potential largeness. She could expand 90 kilograms, which may impact her ability to visit Hillside Pines in the future.
But, for now, Lydia remains a prime porker at the 50-bed facility.