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This Instagram-famous piggy is being certified to help comfort kids with epilepsy

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This Instagram-famous piggy is being certified to help comfort kids with epilepsy

WATCH |  Hamlet the Piggy has a lot of followers on Instagram... like, a lot. 

Over 300,000, to be exact. When you see her in action, it's not hard to see why.

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Hamlet is a 3-year-old piggy based in Los Angeles. Owner Melanie Garcia started putting Hamlet on Instagram as soon as she brought her home, at six weeks old, because her friends and family were fascinated and wanted to see pictures. 

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Melanie says it took only weeks to build the following Hamlet has today. At one point, incredibly, Hamlet was gaining up to 5,000 followers each day. She says it was simply word of mouth (...because she's too cute). 

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Hamlet's been more than just a best buddy for Melanie, who has epilepsy. A couple years ago, Hamlet helped Melanie when she got sick and was in and out of the hospital. Melanie says Hamlet helps her maintain seizure control now.

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And now she wants to pay it forward. Melanie is in the process of getting Hamlet certified as an emotional support animal, so she can bring her into children's hospitals to help comfort other kids with epilepsy. 

Need a pick-me-up? Take a look at Hamlet's full Instagram page. You're welcome.

This Instagram-famous piggy is being certified to help comfort kids with epilepsy

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