Pig Still On The Lamb

Posted by: Loren Coleman on June 20th, 2008


Jerry Hart gets ready to toss another dog treat to a wayward pig that showed up Thursday at the home of his mother, Pam Hart, on West River Road in Waterville. David Leaming/Blethen Maine News Service

First seen running free last month at Colby College, the swine shows up four miles away and gets some cat and dog treats. Wow, the authorities can’t even catch a pig? How are we to expect them to capture Bigfoot?

Amy Calder of the Blethen Maine News Service updates the search for the little pig that can’t be caught in the June 20, 2008, issue of the Portland Press Herald.

Basically, the little porker formerly seen on the Colby College campus last month turned up on June 19, 2008, four miles away on a West River Road lawn in Waterville, Maine.

Still unknown is who actually owns the pig. Animal control officers have been unable to capture it.

Calder’s article is here, but it doesn’t add too much in terms of new details.

I’m curious. Early reports said this was a pot-bellied pig. If so, this new photo certainly seems to show it is getting rather trimmed out and more feral-looking (note the razorback-like bristles on the back).

Loren Coleman About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.

6 Responses to “Pig Still On The Lamb”

  1. graybear responds:

    He can be seen but not captured, huh? Must be a porker of mass destruction.

  2. Hollyhcks3 responds:

    I have heard that as domestic pigs run wild, they gradually develop more a more feral appearance- longer snout, bristles, etc. I can’t swear that’s true. Still, running around fending for itself would surely help it to develop a more svelte waistline! As for capturing it, pigs are pretty smart- anyone try food and a trap? Or maybe this is a new variant on a greased pig chase….

  3. shumway10973 responds:

    How many different types of pig could be mistaken for a potbelly pig? Maybe I should send my friend Christine down there. She is a vet tech that has experience with pigs. The only way I can think to successfully catch a live big foot is to have an expert at drugging large animals there with you with a tranquilizer gun. That will probably be a large dose of sleepy meds.

  4. ETxArtist responds:

    I’ve raised two pot-bellied pigs, they were both built almost exactly like this one. My experience is that if they aren’t overfed and get exercise they don’t get obese. I don’t think this is really unusual.

  5. cryptidsrus responds:

    Cute little critter. Must be quite a porker to not get caught.

  6. Andrew Minnesota responds:

    Hollyhcks3 I too have heard that domesticated pigs can physically change if left in the wild. There was an episode of National-geographic Explorer about Hogzilla (I have referenced this episode before) and in it they said that a domesticated pig can physically start developing a more feral appearance within a month. If this one has been loose for a month it makes sense that it’s appearance has changed.

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