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VINELAND - Well, this little piggy didn't stay home.

David McClennen of Roosevelt Boulevard did a double take when he spotted the curly-tailed escapee running free near Kickapoo Trail.

"That's the strangest-looking dog I ever saw," he joked.

Concerned for the piglet's welfare, he called in animal control officers Diane Starn and James Branin, who pulled out an array of trapping tricks.

But the pot-bellied fugitive passed on their potato and apple slice lures.

It didn't fall for the ol' wild pig call app.

After hogging attention for more than 30 minutes, the pig's getaway ended when officers snared it with a perfectly timed net toss. It did not surrender peacefully, protesting with a high-decibel squeal.

"It's hard to say where he came from," Starn said, but added it may be someone's pet due to its familiarity with dog food.

The piglet is now a guest of the South Jersey Regional Animal Shelter, where its owner may claim it.

"Water, Snapple, Hand sanitizer?," he offered.

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Deborah M. Marko is a senior reporter with The Daily Journal. Currently focused on breaking news and education issues, she also oversees community outreach programs that promote literacy and public safety. Got a story idea? Call 856-563-5256. Follow on Twitter: @dmarko_dj Instagram: Help support local journalism with a The Daily Journal subscription.

Source: Pot-bellied escapee captured by Vineland animal control

Posted in 2020, General Animal News