Meet the mascot of a Brooklyn firehouse, and no, it’s not a Dalmatian

Penny the Fire Pig or Fire Pig Penny is the unofficial mascot of Engine Company 239 in Brooklyn, New York.

The teacup pig not only has won the hearts of the firehouse but also on social media, with 17,000 followers on Instagram.

Darren Harris is a firefighter who adopted her from a farm in Virginia and takes her to work on his twice-a-week, 24-hour shifts. She does not go to fires and never will. She spends the rest of her time in his backyard.

Harris adopted Penny for his daughter because he “wanted to have an animal around so you can learn about caring for animals.”

Firefighter Sean Mulligan says Penny is a perfect fit.

“We don’t have a dog. We don’t have a cat. Penny proved to be a great thing for the neighborhood. Kids passing by, they love seeing the pig.”

Story via James Barron with New York Times

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