Jason Momoa welcomed a new addition to his family. It’s possible he caught one, I’m not sure yet. Jason posted a video of a baby feral pig he’d found(?) and brought home. He was already in the process of naming the darling little guy and selecting his wardrobe, so we can assume the new little squealer is officially a Momoa. So of course he already has his first red carpet lined up for the Slumberland premiere. If you can handle it, here is the video of Jason and his baby Manapua:
[From Instagram via Buzzfeed]
Okay, so they worked together, I guess. Look at Pua nestling into Jason’s neck. I mean who can blame him, right? I’m using Pua because that’s what Jason’s mom says she’s been calling the pig. On the video, Jason is deciding between Manapua, which is a bbq pork bun, and Lau Lau, taro wrapped pork and fish. Jason seems to be leaning to Lau Lau so I’m surprised he went with Manapua in his caption below. I’ll bet Momma Momoa got her way on that. Jason’s mom is also the one in the background asking if the pig is domesticated. Jason respond’s, “No, he’s all-Hawaiian, all feral.” I was wondering about the feral part because my knee-jerk reaction was that he shouldn’t be picking up wild animals. However, every hit I got was that feral pigs are a big problem for the Hawaiian Islands. They are nonnative and destroying the forests. Currently, the Islands are trying to control the populations through various means. So Jason having one in an enclosed space with a good fence might actually be a good thing. Especially if he neuters it, which is one of the ways they are trying to control the situation. Not to mention that Jason intends to paint Manapua’s nails and put him in a top hat for the Slumberland premiere. Which, by the way, is my favorite exchange: Momma Momoa “I think that’d be a little over the top since you just got him.” Jason: “Well, Mom, I’m kind of over the top.” She’s looking out for her grand-pig who would be intimidated by all the scary flashing lights and Jason’s all, Mom don’t tread on my fabulous!
As for whether this is a good idea or not, I have no idea. Hawaiian feral pigs grow big. With tusks. And they need a lot of food and space to forage around in. But Jason has the resources to provide that, I imagine. Momma Momoa asked questions that sounded like she knew her pigs so if they’ve decided to make room for Lil’ Pua in their home, they know what they’re signing up for.
All I know is I could watch Pua nestling into Jason’s crooked arm while Jason makes kissing noises at him for a very, very long time.
Photo credit: Cover Images and Instagram
I mean, I like Jason for the most part but it’s a FERAL PIG. Sometimes he’s just too wacky.
Yeah, he is definitely a bit wacky.
He’s so cute!! Can tusks be safely and humanely removed? How feral are fetal pigs? Like cats can be born feral but can often be domesticated. Are the plugs the same? Idk, I’m making up reasons why this is a good idea bc it’ll be so cute but in actuality it’s probably a really bad idea. Did he and Lisa get back together? What does she think?
I get where Jason is coming from here. Yes, tusks can be trimmed and pigs can be trained to be pets pretty easily. I far prefer the Kune Kune pigs we have but pigs in general are way more charming than most people think. (Kune Kune’s have cute little upturned snouts like pugs, don’t root and are super sweet. RDJ has some)
Feral pigs are all over the islands, as are feral chickens & feral cats. It’s the pigs though that can hurt you. Plus they do a lot of ecological damage, as they are diggers. They really do a number on archaeological sites.
I have a soft spot for men who love animals..
Awe… little piggy loves him!
I have a hard time believing that he would have just scooped up a wild pig and been like “you’re coming home with me.” Mainly because that would be insane, but also those things are really fast.
I watched a video on someone doing an aquatic turtle survey in a state where red eared sliders were considered invasive, and the biologist indicated that it was illegal to release any red eared sliders that he accidentally caught back into the wild. In most cases, that’s going to mean putting the captured invasive animal down. That’s something I would probably struggle with. So looking at this situation from that perspective, I don’t hate the idea that Momoa is keeping the pig, especially if he has the means to provide it a good home and medical care. I think he already has a donkey, so presumably he has a good outdoor enclosure. I would just worry that others would copy him without being responsible and potentially make the invasive issue worse.
Feral pigs are becoming a significant problem where I live, killing native species and doing massive damage to the physical environment. They are extremely intelligent and aggressive, and I would hate to see people try to adopt them as “pets” because a celebrity does so.
I’m a wild pig. Maybe Jason will take me home!
Feral pigs are a huge problem here on the mainland, too. Just a tiny bit of googling lets you know just how widespread and alarming a problem it has become. And they’re so fertile and successful in the wild, they are almost unstoppable. So a big, big nope on this, despite how cute that piglet looks.
Yeah, but some states allow pig-hunting & others allow a bounty on pigs; Hawaii doesn’t have either. Not legally, anyway.
Nicki, but if he has it neutered? I can’t help it, I love him and the pig.