Australia: Unruly pig holds woman hostage

23-09-2008 | |

A pig in the Australian state of New South Wales has turned on a woman who tried to look after it, effectively holding her hostage on her property.

Sixty-three-year old Caroline Hayes says she has been unable to leave her house to use the farm’s outdoor toilet at times as the pig is aggressive towards her.

Let loose
The animal was let loose from a home two kilometres away, after its owners could not handle it. Hayes began feeding the pig, named ‘Bruce’, after it first showed up at her home 10 days ago.

“When I found it, it had 15 ticks in its eyes which I actually took out,” she said. “One of its eyes it couldn’t see out of, so I put cream in it and I fixed its back up, but apparently it’s actually claimed my land and claimed my place.”

Hayes says the pig became aggressive when it wanted more food, recently biting her on the leg when she tried to go to the toilet. “It started getting very pushy and pushing me around, so I started to get a bit frightened, until the stage that it started knocking on my door at 4 o’clock in the morning, actually head-butting my door,” she said.

Failed capture
Rangers from the local Council have failed to capture the animal. “The rangers came out to my house yesterday with a dog cage and this pig is that big, it’s like trying to put an elephant in a dog cage.” Rangers are now planning another attempt to catch the pig.

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