Sometimes all it takes is a nine-second video to make the entire internet sit up and take notice.
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A short clip of a tiny pink pig balancing himself on a rubber ball as he makes his way through a subway station in Tokyo, Japan, started racking up viral views just minutes after it hit the web, and it’s easy to see why!
The little guy has his train ticket clamped between his teeth as his small feet work the ball. While the sight is strange, hundreds of people accepted it as real before some eagle-eyed observers pointed out a few issues.
First of all, real pigs can’t walk on balls. Sorry, but it’s true. Second, even though the metro station is crowded and there are plenty of people around, none of them seem the least bit surprised to find a micro pig riding a rubber ball around. It’s as if they couldn’t even see him….
It turns out that Pinky the micro pig is actually a graphically-generated character created by Beans Magic, Inc., a 3DCG animation and digital design company based in Tokyo.
They released some outrageously delightful videos of the adorable pig as a way of showing how realistic their graphics can be. Based on what we’ve seen, we’d say their work is pretty convincing!
“It is a virtual micro piggy Pinky!” the company wrote on Twitter in an attempt to alleviate the confusion. “Pinky is a special pig, so please do not imitate other animals.”
After getting over 12 million views on Pinky’s first outing, the company began sharing more videos of his adventures in the big city. Here he is visiting Tokyo Tower:
These days, Pinky is becoming the virtual pet we didn’t know we needed!
Watch Pinky visit Yokohama Yamashita Park wearing the cutest hat ever in the video below, and be sure to share this innovative story with your friends.
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