Percy the pig

Percy the pig

The most unusual item found on the M42? An unconscious pig!

Late on a Wednesday afternoon a motorist noticed an unusual object on the hard shoulder. The object turned out to be a young boar, unconscious and badly bruised. Council Workers from a local depot carried him into the back of their van, returning him to their depot. A vet was called to assess the boar as he was in such poor shape; the verdict was that the pig had fallen out of a trailer or some sort of vehicle; he was very badly cut and bruised, severely concussed and suffering from shock. They weren't sure if he would survive the night and it was decided it was best to leave him in the van overnight to let him rest and prevent further shock.

In the meantime the RSPCA phoned a number of sanctuaries; if Mr. Pig wasn't claimed, which was very unlikely as he had neither ear tags or ear tattoos, a legal requirement, a home was needed quickly. We seem to have been the only people to have picked up the phone that evening. The pig, having been re assessed as fit to travel, was brought to us the following morning. Fortunately we were able to find a small space for him with his own room and his own patio area, where Percy spent the day recuperating.

We'll never know Percy's story had he been stolen from somewhere and was on his way to be slaughtered in an unregulated slaughterhouse? We’re fairly sure that wherever it was, it would not have been a happy ending for this traumatised, frightened, battered young pig. He's safe now and has recovered well from his ordeal. He certainly isn't the subdued pig that turned up that day - quite the opposite! He runs across his paddock to greet us every morning with a series of grunts and squeals, not so patiently waiting for his breakfast!

Next: Perry the sheep

Photography © Maria Slough

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