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Looking for someone with “porcine experience”

March 3rd, 2008 · 6 Comments




"Bespoke" sheep in pasture

Originally uploaded by betsythedevine

Pictured: the sheep on a local gentleman’s farm with wide view of the Isis. I nicknamed this flock the “bespoke” sheep because they are clearly not some farmer’s normal collection of uniform “off the peg” sheep for commercial purposes.

In other rural news from the Oxford area, everyone’s favorite Oxford Times newpaper says that a wandering sow has made a pig of herself in the gardens of Wantage. “Stray pig eats two tonnes of root vegetables from town allotment” was the hard-copy headline. From the story:

The stray sow, pictured, is believed to be living in an empty barn in a field close to the West Site of King Alfred’s Community and Sports College. She has eaten all the parsnips, carrots and cabbages growing in the 41 allotments….Sharon Chrisp, an RSPCA inspector, said: “The allotment holders are understandably upset about the damage to their crops to the extent that some people have suggested the pigs should be shot, which we are desperate to avoid…If the owner cannot be found, then we are looking for someone who has porcine experience who would be willing to offer these pigs a suitable home as pets.”

If the owner of these bespoke sheep has porcine experience, two furry legacy-breed pigs would probably fit right in with the springtime scenery.

Tags: England · Wide wonderful world

6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 TA // Mar 4, 2008 at 11:52 am

    I’m confused. Brits routinely eat pigs, so why should these particular strays be turned into pets rather than chops? And shouldn’t the pork in question rightfully belong to the growers whose devastated crops went into producing it?

  • 2 Betsy Devine // Mar 4, 2008 at 8:02 pm

    Yes, but you are being logical! The sow in question is a Gloucester Old Spot, a rare legacy breed that amateurs are urged to raise because it is sweet-natured. Most likely this pig was “bespoke” by some lifestyle farmer who soon tired of farm lifestyle and wasn’t too upset to have his pet pig wander free.
    Google-research shows that Pig Paradise loves this breed–so maybe this piggy can move there for her happy ending?

  • 3 Montauk Rider // Mar 4, 2008 at 11:57 pm

    But what is a “happy ending” for a pig? I wonder. Maybe it’s to be the pet and mascot at a Turkey Bacon factory.

  • 4 TA // Mar 5, 2008 at 11:24 am

    Thanks, now it begins to make sense. So the morale of the story is that it’s OK to be a pig, as long as you are a sufficiently unusual kind of pig? :)

  • 5 Morris dancing broke out in early April… // Apr 16, 2008 at 5:24 pm

    […] and in other Oxford local news, readers of my blog can relax, because those stray pigs of who wantoned through the allotments of Wantage did find a good home, with the help of “four RSPCA inspectors and three members of […]

  • 6 TA // Jun 16, 2008 at 4:19 am

    There really seems to be a special relation between Britain and pigs:

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/north_yorkshire/7448006.stm