By Tom Gillespie @TomGillespie1

IT'S a hog's life for one caring couple - who live with an enormous BOAR

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100lb Pasqualina rests on top of her loving owner Raffaele

Doriana Giustozzi and Raffaele Petterini gave the hog a home after finding it desperate, undernourished, and close to death in the woods.

Now the bulky animal roams freely around their house in Foligno, Italy, with the pick of two bedrooms when it's time to go to sleep.

Pasqualina in her younger days - she was tiny and helpless when she was rescued by Diorana and Raffaele two years ago

The charming boar has been named Pasqualina, and her domestic existence appears to have given her some dog-like qualities.

When 71-year-old Raffaele relaxes on the sofa, the two-year-old boar clambers all over him and nuzzles him with her snout.

Pasqualina also eats at the same time as her owners and has been known to enjoy a strawberry yoghurt.

The 100b boar has a choice between two beds when it is time to go to sleep
Pasqualina has no problem making her way down stairs

The people-friendly boar has ballooned in size since she was taken in by the couple, and has come a long way since she was discovered alone and desperate in the cold.

Doriana, 65, said: “I was walking with my husband in the woods and I saw a little thing. It was a small boar, the smallest I have ever seen, but she was dying. 

"She was freezing and she was very thin.

There's a boar in my kitchen: The 100b animal eats dinner at the same time as her beloved owner and her cats

"When she looked at me with those eyes she stole my heart, and if someone steals my heart, I don't leave them."

The Italian couple also own cats, dogs, donkeys, and chickens, but Pasqualina is the the first boar they have welcomed into the family.

Raffaele relaxes on a chair with his beloved boar

Doriana said: "She spends her time outside or at home, as she prefers. She has two bedrooms and she sleeps where she prefers.

"At dinner time she reaches us and we have dinner all together - me, my husband, and our eleven cats."

"She loves cuddling, she likes physical contact, she communicates a lot with us, she is very affectionate and we are like her parents.

"However, you know, she's like an elephant in the middle of a crystal room, when she moves inside the house she breaks things and if we reproach she feels bad.

"She put herself in a corner and she does not look at anyone.

"She’s very funny."