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Pigs that escaped on I-40 won't avoid auction block

Posted May 10, 2011 11:11 a.m. EDT
Updated May 26, 2011 5:09 p.m. EDT

— The five pigs that fell out of a truck and got loose on Interstate 40 in Durham County in March remain unclaimed. If no one comes forward by the end of the month, they will be auctioned to the highest bidder, according to their keepers at the Durham Animal Control Shelter.

The pigs caused delays on I-40 during the morning rush hour March 30, when drivers spotted them running scared in the roadway. No people or pigs were injured before police managed to round them up and hold them in patrol cars until animal control officers arrived.

Shelter manager Shafonda Price said the pigs, estimated at 40-60 pounds at the time of their capture, have been thriving and growing while they are being held in Durham.