by: Leland Kim
KAHALU'U (KHNL) - Michelle Buck walks her pet pig almost every morning. She found him when he was a baby, at only two and a half pounds. Her daughter Curry came up with his name, Leonardo DiPiggio.
"I was watching 'Romeo and Juliet' with Leonardo DiCaprio when we caught him. And so when it came time to name him, I thought of that and it kind of transformed into 'DiPiggio' as the last name," said Curry Buck, Leonardo's owner.
But today, the Bucks are saying good bye to Leonardo. He's getting big and the family is gone most of the day.
"We felt he would be happier, even though we love him, he would be happier somewhere else where people can interact with him all day," said Kolu Buck, Leonardo's owner.
So when they decided to give him away, a friend called Michelle. She saw Porky's story right here on Channel 8.
"But as soon as I hung up with her, I called the news station and spoke with a reporter and he contacted the family," said Michelle Buck, Leonardo's owner.
Porky's owners agreed to adopt Leonardo, and the Buck family made their way to Mililani.
"He's like part of the family," said Kolu Buck. "It's like saying goodbye to a relative."
Porky's owners immediately took to Leonardo.
"He's adorable, absolutely adorable!" said Porky's owners.
"I think he's pretty laid back. I think he'll get along just fine," they said.
The Bucks say they will miss Leonardo.
"I'm not going to be able to play with him as much," said Kolu Buck. "I'm going to miss watching him eat and play."
Leonardo's new owners are grateful.
"Really appreciate that you'd even think about bringing him up here," they said.
And the Bucks are happy Leonardo's in a loving new home.
"We're excited that it's going to make everyone a little happier, I think," said Michelle Buck.