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Stray Pig Needs New Home

Wilbur the pot-bellied pig found wandering in Prince William County



    He really is some pig. Wilbur, who's described as an escape artist, is looking for a new home. He was corralled by Prince William County Animal Control while wandering down a highway. (Published Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011)

    He weighs more than 200 pounds, he's strong, a little on the stubborn side, and he eats like a pig.

    Residents along McGrath Road in Lake Jackson called Prince William County Animal Control Monday after seeing a pot-bellied boar walking around. His name is Wilbur, and the 5-year-old pig kept escaping his enclosure.  Wilbur's owner decided to turn him over to the animal shelter because he wasn't able to take care of him.

    Animal Control officer Linden Hawkins saw him walking down a road and had the task of taking him to the shelter.

    "I grabbed onto his back legs and then pulled him over to the ditch and then rolled him off to the side," Hawkins said. "I grew up in southwest Iowa and I grew up on farms, so I've handled pigs and other livestock before."

    Shelter officials said it'll take a special family that understands pigs.  They say some people buy pot-bellied piglets and don't realize how big they can get.

    Anyone interested in adopting Wilbur must live in an area that's zoned for agriculture.  

    Wilbur joins dogs, cats, rats -- even chinchillas -- at the shelter, and he's not the only misfit there.  Wilbur's neighbors include Sierra, a mini horse, and Star, a mini-donkey -- also strays found wandering together along a Prince William County road. 

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