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DELTA TOWNSHIP, Michigan (WILX) -- Nicole Shuiling's son only wanted one thing for his sixth birthday a new pet.

But we're not talking about a puppy or a kitten.

"My son saw a show on Animal Planet about pet pigs, and it really sparked his interest, which in turn caused me to do a lot of research and reading. And I discovered that they really are great pets, so we figured let's give it a try," said Nicole Schuiling, a pig owner.

And the Schuilings say Oscar, their one year old pot-bellied pig, has been a great pet.

Oscar does all the things most pets do. He takes long naps, eats treats, and mingles with other animals.

The Delta Township family thought the township would see him as a pet, too, but they don't.