The RSPCA has launched an investigation after two friendly pet pigs – who wag their tails like dogs when they are happy – were found dumped by a busy road.
The cute animals were found running loose on the A51 Nantwich to Chester Road in Alpraham, near Tarporley, on Saturday 12th January by a member of the public.
They managed to coax the pigs to the safety of a nearby barn and then alerted the RSPCA.
Inspector Leanne Cragg was sent to the scene, and said she believes the pigs, possibly of the kunekune variety, were likely to have been pets that were deliberately abandoned.
Enquiries were made at local farms, and appeals were put out on social media but nobody has yet come forward.
Inspector Cragg said: “If these pigs were lost I believe the owner would have come forward by now.
“It is so sad that they were left at risk by a busy road which could have also been dangerous to road users.
“They have now been moved to a safe location where they have been named Peppa and George – after the popular children’s cartoon characters – and are doing well.”
Inspector Cragg added: “On my second day of attending these two lovely pigs they recognised me immediately and started wagging their tails like two little dogs.
“The pigs are healthy and both timid but friendly.”
She continued: “We don’t regularly deal with abandoned pigs but I do wonder if someone had taken these two on without realising how big they would get.
“Pigs aren’t particularly easily animals to care for. They need enough space to exhibit their natural behaviour such as digging and rooting.
“You also need to be registered with the local authority to keep pigs and they need identification when being moved.
“I am appealing for anyone who recognises who the pigs belonged to contact the RSPCA appeals line on 0300 123 8018.”