Aug. 23, 2012 at 12:24 PM ET
On Wednesday's episode of "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo," 6-year-old Alana Thompson was forced to part ways with her beloved pet pig, Glitzy, when she and her three siblings neglected to take care of the animal to Mama June Shannon's liking.
"Right now, I think we've got enough pets for every boy in China," reasoned Mama, who became especially agitated that she was continually losing sleep to tend to the swine in the early morning hours. "What's best for Glitzy is that he go back to the breeder and find a home who can devote the time to him."
Shannon's partner, Mike "Sugar Bear" Thompson, and Honey Boo Boo were shocked and saddened when the family matriarch put her foot down.
"I don't want him to go," Honey Boo Boo yelped before bursting into tears. "Glitzy was going to be my good luck charm (at pageants). He loves me!" The precocious pageant queen's father, Sugar Bear, also fought back tears, pleading with his family to let the pig stay.
Though Honey Boo Boo had intended to bring her pig pal along when she competed in beauty pageants, the "Toddlers & Tiaras" alum later realized that she was doing what's best for Glitzy.
"He really does need a new home, but I'm going to miss him," she admitted.
Since leaving the Thompson family's home, Glitzy has returned to his Georgia-based breeder, Posh Pigs. "Glitzy's daily routine is pretty much the same as it was before he left," Posh Pigs' Angela writes on the company's website. "He is fed breakfast at 7 a.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. He gets a visitor every morning ... my chihuahua goes in with me to feed and joins them for breakfast!" Posh Pigs is looking to place Glitzy in a new "forever home," with proceeds from his sale going to animal rescue efforts.
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