Sow about that then! Charlotte the rescued pig gives birth to seven.
Byline: James Cain Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org
A PIG rescued by the RSPCA after she was found roaming Eston Hills has given birth to a litter of seven piglets in her new home.
Charlotte, a small crossbreed, was collected by RSPCA officers back in May this year, after several callers had reported sighting a "mysterious, dark beast" roaming around the countryside near Eston Hills, Middlesbrough.
Ian Marshall, who was walking his shar pei dog Jenson on the old railway lines near Normanby when he first spotted it, eventually managed to capture the pig after it wandered into his garden.
Charlotte was taken into the care of the RSPCA who were able to find her a new home.
It came as a surprise to Charlotte's new owners, when last Tuesday, the sow gave birth to seven piglets.
The owners said Charlotte and her seven piglets are now doing well and are all strong and healthy.
RSPCA deputy chief inspector John Lawson said: "Charlotte was very friendly so we were sure she had been somebody's pet previously.
"After we took her to a boarding farm to be cared for, nobody came forward to claim her, so we found a lovely new home where she settled in quickly.
"She proved difficult to catch, maybe because she felt particularly vulnerable due to her pregnant state, although we did not realise this at the time.
"The new owners said Charlotte settled in straight away.
"They even discovered she likes to play with a football. But they became concerned recently when they noticed her teats had become enlarged.
"We are delighted to hear that she is not only well, but that she has had a healthy litter of piglets. We will be keeping in touch with the new owners and look forward to hearing about her progress."
For information visit: |http://www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/farm/farmanimals/pigs
Charlotte the crossbreed sow with her seven piglets |
Charlotte in 'custody' after she was first spotted on Eston Hills |