Adding another animal to the strange yet delightful experiment of animal cafes is Mipig, a coffee shop in Tokyo that allows you to have a drink while sitting next to, petting or looking at an adorable piglet.
The coffee shop opened in March and it’s the first of it’s kind, featuring tiny piglets that are capable of fitting inside a teacup. A cafe spokesperson explains that these pigs are not a special breed and that they’ll grow up into bigger sizes. For the moment, they’re just really small and adorable.
Piglets have gained a lot of popularity in the U.S., with many celebrities adopting them as pets. According to CNN, piglets aren’t as famous in Japan, which explains why the idea of Mipig was largely embraced.
“We would like Japanese people to feel more familiar with the animal and eventually become a beloved member of the family,” said the cafe via statement. The idea of the cafe started out as a Camp-fire proposal – a crowdfunding site similar to Kickstarter – that pulled in over twice the amount of money that was initially asked for.
Japan is one of the leading countries when it comes to animal cafes, having spots where you can have a coffee surrounded by owls, dogs, hedgehogs and stuffed animals.