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Pigs run amok on I-40

Posted March 30, 2011 8:59 a.m. EDT
Updated April 2, 2011 1:47 p.m. EDT

— Any slowdowns caused by the gloomy weather Wednesday morning were compounded when five pigs fell out of a truck and got loose on Interstate 40 in Durham County.

Drivers reported seeing the pigs running around in the travel lanes near the junction with Interstate 540.

Police said the pigs didn't cause any wrecks but did prompt plenty of onlooker delays on both sides of the interstate.

"They may have fallen out of the back of a truck, and the owner doesn't know it," said  Lt. Melinda Hester, with Durham County Animal Control.

Police rounded up the pigs, the biggest of which weighed about 60 pounds, and wrangled them into squad cars. Animal control officers brought a trailer and took the pigs to the Durham Animal Control Shelter.

Some of the pigs had minor injuries, including road rash and sore legs, that are consistent with falling from a vehicle, Hester said. They'll be checked out by a county or state veterinarian.

"The five pigs that we have ... are all doing OK," Hester said.

The pigs will be kept for 45 to 60 days, and if no one claims them, they'll be auctioned off.