Paris Hilton is getting ready to bring home the other white meat: a miniature "teacup" piglet named Princess Pigelette, set to join her expansive pet posse.
"It's a girl!" the star gushed to Usmagazine.com at the Fox Reality Channel Really Awards Oct. 13 (where she won the Reality Innovator Award). "I'm getting her in a couple weeks. She's still a baby, so she's with her mom, getting ready for me. She'll be a perfect addition to the family!"
TMZ reported Oct. 9 that Hilton, 28, ordered a litter-box trained "Royal Dandle" miniature pig from an Oregon breeder for $4500.
"I found this really great breeder that makes tiny teacup ones," the heiress told Us.
But she's not the first in the family to tap into the pet pig craze. "My brother [Barron] has one," she explained, "It loves the dogs. They're smarter than dogs!"
PETA is less enthusiastic about the latest addition to Hilton's menagerie. The animal-rights organization released a statement Oct. 13 calling her a "wretched example" who treats her animals "as disposable as her friends and fiances . . . The Chihuahuas, ferrets and kinkajous she's paraded through her home in the past were not accessories, and pot-bellied pigs aren't either."
Hilton was quick to defend herself to Usmagazine.com. "I'm the most amazing animal lover in the world!" she insisted. "I treat my pets like children. I think it's a lot better for the pig to be home with me than be made into bacon."