Photo of skinny pig at Blake's Orchard sparks social media firestorm

Posted at 6:15 PM, Oct 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-24 19:22:27-04

A photo of what appears to be a skinny pig at Blake's Orchard and Cider Mill sparked a social media firestorm this week.

The owner of Balke's say the images that have gone viral are not what they look like.

On Sunday, a woman posted the picture of Sam the Pig on her Facebook page, and said the pig seemed very weak and very skinny, which made her wonder if it was being cared for properly.

Paul Blake said the pig technically was at his home, since customers are visiting the farm, but said the pig was dealing with a sickness. Blake said Sam had worms and lost roughly 20 percent of his weight.

Macomb County Animal Control made an unannounced visit, and said Sam the skinny pig was just sick and had worms. We're told there were no violations at the farm.

As for Sam the pig, Blake expects him to make a full recovery.