Are the piglet and Dachshund photos fakes?

Update: Not fakes!!! The owner has written and given us the full story as well as new photos.

A lot of the Dachshund groups and forums are reporting a back story for the piglet adopted by a wiener dog Mom into her litter of puppies. But instead of satisfying my curiosity, it’s making me a little bit suspicious. The story, which includes an introductory paragraph and captions for the photos, just seems too pat. And, I’m starting to wonder about some of the photos too. What do you Photoshop experts think? And how about the rest of you — am I turning into a conspiracy theorist or is this all too good to be true?

Here’s the supposed explanation: “She is fostering this guy for another mom who couldn’t take care of him. He had his eyes closed, but now they are open. He is just a little bigger than her other pups. She loves this little guy more than the other puppies and she is nursing him back to health. He is the cleanest puppy ever because she licks him all the time.”

And here are the captions:

  • This is “Pink” short for pig&tink
  • Pink and the puppies nursing
  • He nurses all the time
  • Sleeping with his siblings
  • He is sooo cute
  • Tink is very protective over Pink
  • She keeps him close to her
  • The family sleeping

8 thoughts on “Are the piglet and Dachshund photos fakes?

  1. lainey

    I’m a “Photoshopper” and totally believe these pics are legit. If it were only one picture, then maybe it could be faked, but that kind of fakery would be MASSIVE work for someone. (I’m talking Industrial Light and Magic kind of stuff). That kind of work wouldn’t be worth much for this kind of thing.

  2. Andi Wolfe

    Looks legit to me. When I was in South Africa a couple of years ago for my field season, I visited a farm where a Jack Russel terrier had started lactating to nurse a litter of orphaned meerkats. I had the great privilege of holding the meerkats while the adopting mom looked on. It’s common for mammals to adopt babies of other species to nurse.

  3. Agness

    Agree with lainey. If you’ve done any photo manipulation, you know that Photoshop just doesn’t work the way the post suggests.

    If someone did want to ‘fake’ shots like these, the best way is to be super low-tech and just stage the scene with a borrowed piglet and a family of dogs.

  4. AnnB

    Looks like I’m outnumbered on the conspiracy theory front so I’ll defer to your expertise until compelling evidence to the contrary emerges.

    Many thanks for your input.

  5. AnnB

    Nope, it remains a mystery. And the Daily Doxie seems to have become a top destination for people looking for info on this whole situation. Very bizarre.

    If anyone knows anything, please fill us in.

  6. Megan Rascal

    Yeah, all the photoshoppers are right, that would take way more effort than anyone would be willing to put in. BUT, they could be fake in the sense that they could be staged and they just put the piglet in there with the pups for a photo op. Like I’ve put a stuffed animal in my dog’s arms when he’s sitting to take a cute little picture but then 20 seconds later he’s off barking at the mailman. They could be fake in that way like the piglet is just there for a few minutes while the dogs are all tired and then he goes back to his pig mom.

  7. Megan Rascal

    Oh, I also meant to add that I don’t actually doubt that the story is true, I’m just saying that there are other ways to “fake” a picture. But i really don’t think that’s the case here, animals are always doing that sort of fostering thing.

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