I Smell Bacon: Spotted Pig on the Loose In Egg Harbor Township NJ
His name is Mr. Pickles and he's on the lam. Not lamb. That would be weird.
Mr. Pickles was apparently enjoying a nice existence living in a nice home, when his owner needed to be hospitalized.
Enter Good Samaritan Kathy Tomasini of EHT. Tomasini tells me she agreed to help find Mr. Pickles and his fellow pot bellied pig, a girl pig named Libby, a nice home.
Tomasini says this is her second experience in attempted pig adoption, although she says she's fostered many animals over the years. (I'm reminded of the Mr. Rogers line, "If you're in trouble, look for the helpers." Kathy must be a nice lady!)
One problem, though. There apparently isn't a big waiting list for people wanting a pair of pot bellied pigs, especially a little guy like Mr. Pickles who's not fixed and is rather rambunctious. Tomasini says she's been in contact with a pig placement network, but they have a waiting list of - get this - over 800 pigs looking to be adopted.
Apparently, Mr. Pickles was tired of waiting, as three days ago, he broke free from his pig chains or pig cage, or whatever, and took off to roam the roads and backyards of Egg Harbor Township. "Mr. Pickles broke free and I'm having a hell of a time getting him home", says Tomasini.
(This video is from Lindsay Tomar, posted on Facebook. She's been helping spread the word of the adventures of Mr. Pickles. Tomar administers Atlantic County Lost and Found Pets on Facebook, The video was submitted by Kieran Benitez.)
He's been spotted a bunch of times, as documented on social media, but no one has been able to collar the little piggy. (By the way, Libby didn't run. She knew how good she had it!)
Latest sighting? Tomasini says, " He's traveling between the herb garden and Leap Street at the moment."
So, a call out to the good people of EHT. Please help find and capture Mr. Pickles!
If no one can catch him, hopefully he'll go wee wee wee all the way home! Well, his temporary adopted home.