UK Markets close in 7 hrs 37 mins

Baby Jane, the Oldest Pet Pig to Ever Be Kept in Captivity, Dies at 23: 'Heartbroken'

·2-min read
Baby Jane - The Oldest Pig to Ever Be Kept in Captivity Dies at 23
Baby Jane - The Oldest Pig to Ever Be Kept in Captivity Dies at 23

JPM Photography

RIP Baby Jane.

On Thursday, Guinness World Records announced that Baby Jane — the oldest pig ever to be kept in captivity — died. She was 23.

According to the world record keeper, the animal died last month on Sept. 10 in Mundelein, Illinois. At the time of her death, Baby Jane was a total age of 23 years, 7 months, and 9 days old.

Baby Jane's owners, Patrick Cunningham and Stan Coffman, are "heartbroken" over the pig's loss, Guinness World Records said, "but are grateful for the time they had with their remarkable family pet."

RELATED: WWE Star Alexa Bliss Mourns Death of Beloved Pet Pig Larry-Steve: 'Completely Heartbroken'

The couple, who share sons Justin, 12, and Marchese, 11, are also the proud owners of another pet pig, a 17-year-old named Lucy.

Over the years before Baby Jane's death, the couple included the pig in many aspects of their lives, such as featuring her in a drag show opposite drag queen Mary Ann Brandt and taking her on trips around the country in an RV. (Baby Jane's favorite place, according to Guinness World Records, was Key West, Florida, as she "loved the beach.")

Described as being "extremely affectionate and empathetic," Baby Jane loved to sleep in blankets and could most times be found hanging out in Patrick and Stan's bed or chilling on the couch, Guinness World Records said.

Baby Jane - The Oldest Pig to Ever Be Kept in Captivity Dies at 23
Baby Jane - The Oldest Pig to Ever Be Kept in Captivity Dies at 23

JPM Photography

When Patrick and Stan realized how old their pet was compared to other pigs, they applied for the record for oldest pig in captivity ever, an achievement that Guinness World Records noted was verified earlier this year in April.

RELATED: Massachusetts Firefighters Rescue Calf from Deep Well, Save Baby Animal from Drowning

With Baby Jane's impressive record, Patrick and Stan said that it inspired them to educate others about owning pet pigs, and to inform people that there are no such things as "micro" or "teacup" versions of the animal, as they will eventually grow to become full-sized.

"Our advice to people is to do your own research when it comes to getting a pot-belly pig for a pet. We never would have dreamed we would have a pet living to 23+ years," the couple said in a statement to Guinness World Records. "It's really a long commitment and they depend on you for everything. You have to be willing to commit the time to them."

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting