Mini-pigs have become the latest fad in China with people flocking to buy them as pets.

Mini-pigs have become the latest fad for pet owners in China /Lu Feng

Owners believe the pigs are lucky as 2007 is the Year of the Boar.

Liu, owner of a pet shop in Guangzhou market, told Eastern IC: "It’s normal that in a day we sell 20 to 30 mini-pigs."

Mini-pigs, which originated in Thailand, look like ordinary pigs but are only 30cm long and weigh about 5kg when fully grown.

Via Ananova