Talk about when pigs fly!
Police in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania had a “hog” wild few days last week as they attempted to catch a loose pig that was reported scurrying around the Hamilton Park neighborhood.
“As it turns out, pigs are fast…and elusive..” the Manheim Township Police Department began earnestly in a lengthy news release Thursday about the pursuit of an animal they aptly named Hamilton, adding, “and this one escaped capture for days, presumably living off the land like its cousin, the wild boar.”
Police said that after days of numerous calls from neighbors a man reported an “enormous pig” was sleeping under a trampoline in his backyard on June 15.
After calls to several agencies, officers decided to bring in the big dogs – the Lancaster Farm Sanctuary – who police said came with “personnel and pig-catching stuff…. which we believe is the correct terminology.”
While the workers of the farm sanctuary formulated their plan to catch Hamilton, which consisted mainly of enticing him into the back of their van with food bribes, he escaped from the “mostly” fenced in yard.
Workers from the farm sanctuary crept into the empty and “completely fenced, not mostly” yard and after about 20 minutes – “probably much to the amusement of the staff inside Pediatric Specialty Care” – they were able to corral Hamilton inside a dog crate and he was loaded onto the sanctuary van.
“He was transported to their farm, where he will live out his days, telling stories to the other rescued farm animals about how he was saved from his ‘life on the streets.’”
The sanctuary said he was doing well but admitted they didn’t know much about what he endured before he started running around the neighborhood last week.
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“Here is the update you’ve been hoping for!” the sanctuary wrote on its social media pages along with a video of a tail-wagging Gregory checking out his new surroundings and some grub in the form of carrots.
The sanctuary said Gregory had been “lunging and snapping at people” before his rescue “because he was so afraid.”
But the update said “he made a sudden turnaround” on Sunday. “He has been up walking around his room, checking things out, drinking water, stretching and just seeming much more comfortable!”
“We are much better at catching criminals than we are at catching farm animals, and without Lancaster Farm Sanctuary, we’d probably still be standing in that backyard on Elm Avenue, staring at that sleeping pig, asking, ‘So, now what?’” the department said, adding, “Not all heroes wear capes- sometimes, they wear Muck boots.”