Animals on the loose! Five of our favourite stories

FOLLOWING the news that Lismore police were called out to round up some ferrets that were hanging out in East Lismore yesterday, we decided to take a look back at some of our favourite 'animal on the loose' cases:

Wategoat

One of the most elusive animals in our area, Wategoat (also known as the Last Goat) shot to popularity after escaping a round up of her herd removed from Cape Byron a decade before.

She was a common feature of Cape Byron, sometimes being spotted, but never caught.

Sadly, no one has seen Wategoat in a couple of years now.

ESCAPE GOAT: The 12-year-old goat (right), known as Wategoat, at rest at the base of the cliff beneath Byron Lighthouse.
ESCAPE GOAT: The 12-year-old goat (right), known as Wategoat, at rest at the base of the cliff beneath Byron Lighthouse. Patrick Gorbunovs

Porky the pig

Who could forget the image of two police officers, clearly trying not to laugh, as they rounded up Porky the pig, who had been found wandering around the Lismore CBD in 2009.

It was soon revealed that Porky had managed to escape from a horse float destined for the pig abattoir at Booyong while her owner was using a public toilet in Dawson Street.

Ah, Porky, you legend.

Snr Const Peter Richardson and Const Amanda Vidler in heavy rain coax the reluctant pig off the roundabout at the junction of Woodlark and Dawson streets.
Snr Const Peter Richardson and Const Amanda Vidler in heavy rain coax the reluctant pig off the roundabout at the junction of Woodlark and Dawson streets. Jacklyn Wagner

Pigs on the loose in Coraki

Back in 2015, a litter of pigs ran riot through the streets of Coraki.

Many of the residents who came to help, said it was a great 'get-to-know-your-neighbour' experience.

PIGS litter the streets of Coraki and their bacon is saved by the police and the owner who encouraged them to follow the feed bucket. Photo Michelle Bussell/Facebook.
PIGS litter the streets of Coraki and their bacon is saved by the police and the owner who encouraged them to follow the feed bucket. Photo Michelle Bussell/Facebook.

Lost alpacas

Last year owner Adriana Perrin was devastated to see that her beloved alpacas Liquorice, Cinnamon and Muddy had gotten out.

For a few days there were random sightings around East Lismore, but they were very elusive animals!

Liquorice, Cinamon and Muddy the alpacas are missing from Girards Hill. Photo Contributed
Liquorice, Cinamon and Muddy the alpacas are missing from Girards Hill. Photo Contributed Contributed

Pacific Highway barnyard

In 2010 around 20 chickens and roosters were dumped at the Wardell rest stop on the Pacific Highway.

While they were a pest to motorists and local residents, no one would take responsiblity for the animals, and it's not certain if they were ever captured, or just went on their merry way.

A Ballina resident is trying her best to get someone to help the poultry dumped at the roadside rest area at Wardell.
A Ballina resident is trying her best to get someone to help the poultry dumped at the roadside rest area at Wardell.


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