A Town of Whitby spokesman has confirmed that a pig remains uncovered and was last seen in Brooklyn.
Erin Mikaluk said in an e-mail that on Wednesday, September 29, Whitby Animal Services received resident reports about two pigs that were running loose in Brooklyn near Columbus Road.
“One of the pigs is now in the care of Animal Services and awaiting pick-up by its owner,” she said. We are doing our best to locate another pig and encourage anyone who sees the animal to call Animal Services at 905-655-0283 and report their location. We thank the community for their help.”
The Team Chelsea Lost Pet Search Group, which confirmed the pigs had fled a farm, is also helping with the search.
North Whitby couple Joe and Vanessa Baglieri confront a boar in their backyard on Tuesday, September 28 at approximately 4:45 p.m.
Joe is letting his dogs into their backyard, which traces back to a ravine in the area of Columbus and Thickson Streets.
“They went out and started barking like crazy so I stick my head out and look at this pig,” said Joe.
He told his wife and they realized it was time to bring the dogs in.
“They froze. The pig froze. Everyone froze,” said Joe.
They successfully took the dogs in, but the couple spent the rest of the evening trying to figure out what to do with the crater. Joe was only a few feet away from him, but he estimated that the pig weighed more than 200 pounds and did not get close to him.
“We see strange foxes and we try to be alert but a pig was a little unusual,” Vanessa said.
The couple called Durham Police and Team Chelsea to help. Joe also went to the farmers nearby and asked if they had lost a pig, and suggested to friends and farmers what to do. Whitby Animal Services rushed to the scene but was unable to secure the animal, which had fled from the backyard.
While the pig was in Buglieri’s backyard, he dug up a good portion of it and ate whatever it could.
“She was using her muzzle. It was so crazy to see her digging into everything with her nose,” Vanessa said.
The pig’s nipple told the couple that it was a female.
The animal even dug itself a ditch and took a nap against its fence.
“The pig had been sleeping in the backyard for a few hours,” said Joe.
Eventually the crater popped out of the backyard and made its way into the street.
“The pig was going from house to house eating the lawn and destroying the lawn on the street,” said Joe.
He and some neighbors kept an eye on the creature until it ran into a corn field.
Don’t try to protect them, Team Chelsea says the post. The public can also watch Team Chelsea 905-666-4676.