[Melbourne, Aus.] Nigel the pig bit Robert Dennis on the leg yesterday, lifting him from the ground with his powerful jaws. Mr. Dennis, 50, suffered a 25cm gash in his leg and required microsurgery after Nigel escaped from an industrial block.
Nigel’s Facebook page (“Nigel the Seaford pig”) features several posts from the public who have taken photos with him, as well as videos showing his distinctive character and eating habits... Owner Edward Weaver told Frankston Weekly he picked up the mixed breed porcine from a farm almost two years ago, but he wasn’t always so well-loved.
“He was a reject for the meat market because he was black and white. Apparently that’s not appealing in pork rind,” he said.
Mr. Dennis had walked outside his home to check on a commotion when the pig approached.
"It's just unbelievable. You don't expect to be gored by a pig on a Sunday afternoon," he said from hospital last night.
UPDATE, June 18, 2013: Nigel the pig oinks his way to greener pastures
NIGEL is on his way to his new home in Victoria's northwest - but not without an emotional sendoff. Young and old locals flocked to say their final goodbyes to the pesky pig this morning. The 280kg family pet that went rogue and attacked a man has been saved from becoming bacon... He is now going to spend the rest of his years on a stud farm in Sea Lake.
"I know he's going to a good home where he'll live a happy life," Mr Weaver said.
Before long, there will be little Nigel junior piglets running around, he added...
Even his victim, who required microsurgery and was recovering at home last night with 25 stitches to an upper thigh, didn't want to see the pig destroyed.
"At the end of the day, it's not the pig's fault," Mr Dennis said.