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Daisy, World-Famous Reading Pig, Dies

Daisy Minor did national tours to encourage children to read

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    Daisy Minor visited schools all over the country to inspire a love of reading.

    There’s Petunia and Miss Piggy, but in Connecticut, Daisy was the princess of the pigs. The 115-pound potbellied pig from Bristol that served as an inspiration to so many kids in Connecticut and across the country died Monday at the age of 14.

    Daisy the "World's Most Famous Pig" encouraged children to “Pig Out on Reading” during three national tours that took her to 48 states.

    “She encouraged millions of kids to read more books,” her owner, Paul “Farmer” Minor, told the Bristol Press. “She brought joy to so many lives.”

    Daisy got quite the recognition for her accomplishments.

    She was featured in many news stories across the United States of America and was on national television.  In March, she visited a classroom in Virginia and was featured in the local newspaper.

    In 2002, she was the first pig formally invited inside the U.S. Capitol. It was her first national tour.

    Daisy received letters from First Lady Laura Bush and visited members of Congress, foreign dignitaries and many celebrities. Daisy is also the only pig to have hundreds of library cards from across the United States, according to Farmer Minor’s website.

    Daisy reached stardom when she was just a baby. She participated in a walk against hunger and helped raise thousands of dollars in the annual “Kiss-A-Pig” contest for the Bristol Boys and Girls Club.