SAVED: A police officer stands guard over Porky after her ‘arrest’ on Monday.
SAVED: A police officer stands guard over Porky after her ‘arrest’ on Monday. Jacklyn Wagner

Encounter with cops saves Porky’s bacon

THE life of a pig that brought mirth to Lismore when she was found roaming the city streets has been inadvertently saved by her Australia Day adventure.

Dubbed ‘Porky’ by the police who ‘arrested’ her to prevent a traffic accident, she 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.

Her owner, a farmer from the Casino area, was so embarrassed by the incident when he read about it in yesterday’s The Northern Star that he wanted to remain anonymous.

“He was transferring some pigs to Booyong,” Lismore City Council senior ranger Stuart Thomson said.

Unaware that one of his four pigs had escaped through a loose panel at the front of the float, it was not until he arrived at Booyong that he noticed one was missing.

“He rang up very embarrassed,” Mr Thomson said. The owner retrieved Porky from the Lismore pound, where she was feasting on scraps from local restaurants.

Mr Thomson said Porky – who had never been named by her farming family – was one of four bought by the farmer for himself, his wife, and his two children.

“I think they were sort of pet-ish because he’s had them since they were piglets,” Mr Thomson said.

The good news is Porky will never see the inside of an abattoir.

“She’s been granted a reprieve. He’s going to keep her,” Mr Thomson said.

Porky brought a smile to Lismore on Monday when she wandered on to the roundabout at the
intersection of Woodlark and Dawson streets.

She was captured by police, who guarded her in the rain until the council ranger arrived.

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