20 stone pig stuck in ditch after being chased by boar

Fire crews were called out last week to rescue Penelope, a 20 stone pig from a drainage ditch following an amorous encounter.

Malcolm Bennett, the owner of Hope Farm, told Pig World that he thought Penelope may have been chased into the channel, called a rhyne, near the field where the pigs graze.

“I went to feed the pigs and one of them was missing I presumed a boar had chased her or tried to mount her and she fell into the rhyne.

“After searching the nearby area, he heard the faint grunts of a pig from a rhyne and found Penelope stuck in the ditch.

“I tried to get a rope around her and I didn’t realised how deep it was so I called the fire service.”

The fire appliance arrived within ten minutes of Mr Bennett’s phone call and rescued the farmland animal soon after arriving.

The Fire Service responded immediately and a special rescue team from Bridgwater joined them and worked for around half an hour to help rescue Penelope.

A statement from Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue service said: “Two fire appliances from Burnham-on-Sea and the special rescue team from Bridgwater were sent to a report of a large pig stuck in a water-filled ditch.

“The 20-stone pig, was retrieved by the special rescue team who used level one water safety equipment, a triple extension ladder and lighting. Penelope was uninjured and left in the care of her owner.”

Mr Bennett added that Perky, the offending boar, was also unharmed and is already back to work without any problems.

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