In a heartwarming story, Ohio state troopers recently rescued a runaway piglet from the side of U.S. Route 35 in Ross County, Ohio, after it was believed to have fallen — or possibly jumped — from someone’s transport.
The pig rescue was carried out by troopers from the Chillicothe Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol on September 5. Deputies initially responded to calls from concerned motorists about a piglet that was spotted running along the highway.
The Highway Patrol shared the details of the rescue in a Facebook post. “This little piggy didn’t make it to the market,” the department joked.
As seen on body-worn camera footage, troopers rushed to the scene to secure the runaway piglet. The troopers ventured into the brush to apprehend the animal, which squealed upon being taken into custody. The troopers then walked her back to a patrol vehicle, where she let out a loud oink, prompting one of the troopers to humorously ask, “Now what?”
The piglet — since named Pearl — was handed over to a team with the Ross County Humane Society. In an update on social media, the Humane Society confirmed that Pearl had not sustained serious injuries during her ordeal, aside from some road rash, and would soon find herself in the company of other pot-bellied friends at her new home.
The story of Pearl’s rescue is reminiscent of another pig-related incident earlier in the year when Hamilton the hog kept law enforcement officers in Pennsylvania on their toes for days as they attempted to capture him. The Manheim Township Police Department expressed their gratitude to the Lancaster Farm Sanctuary for their assistance in the successful resolution of Hamilton’s situation, noting that their expertise lies more in catching criminals than farm animals.