Friday, 31 January 2014

Villagers adopt lonely Porrick the pig

A lonely pig abandoned in a Kent field for months has been enjoying some regular home comforts after local residents took pity on her.

Villagers at Shorncliffe, near Folkestone, built a makeshift shelter for the female swine, who they have named Porrick, and donate copious food so she can eat like a pig.

"She's a real local attraction," said Trevor Boxell, whose son owns the land on which Porrick grazes.

The pig had been left alone for four months after the previous owners moved, taking her herd with them, Mr Boxell explained.

The owners had 40-odd pigs in the field but when they left to go elsewhere, they left this poor little porker behind.

Mr Boxell said Porrick was now enjoying a healthy diet of potatoes, sprouts, swede and vegetable peelings from locals and appears very much at home.

"People round here started to take an interest in her and built her a pigsty using tin, wood and tarpaulin. They come in their droves to see her and feed her," he said.

"I've left the gate open for her several times but she never wants to leave. I would like to find her somewhere permanent to stay but she seems quite happy, wagging her tail in the field."

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