ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – When a 550-pound pet pig escapes, it’s pretty hard for her to get very far, and even harder to hide. It was clear someone had to have seen her, and they did. After KRQE News 13’s story Thursday night, someone came forward Friday. Now, Miss Piggy is back home.
“Come on, Miss Piggy,” Phillip Wilson coaxed the pig into the trailer with a nutty buddy candy bar. The sound of her owner’s voice, and a candy bar is familiar. Miss Piggy knows she’s back home.
“It’s a different world out in this area,” Leah laughed, the woman who posted the missing pid ad online. “I’m just really blown away that we got her back.”
Leah posted an ad on Craigslist when their 550-pound pet pig went missing last weekend from a neighborhood in Veguita south of Belen. After Thursday’s story, a woman who interviewed with KRQE News 13 called in Friday, saying one of her students found Miss Piggy, and it wasn’t far from where she got out.
Leah thought someone had kept the pig for meat.
“You know, it’s a lot of meat,” she chuckled. But Miss Piggy isn’t going to the butcher.
The pet pig belongs to Phillip Wilson. “I love having her back,” Wilson told News 13. He raised her through the years.
Wilson can get her to sit for a candy bar, and to give an idea of her size, he got Miss Piggy to lie down to pet her belly. She appeared relaxed, as her 6′ 7″ owner scratched her ears.
“I talk to her, and pet her, in fact when she was having her babies, I’d go in there and deliver the babies,” recalled Wilson.
In the ad listing her missing, the family offered to buy beer and gas for whoever found her.
The family who found her didn’t want to go on camera, but Leah said she stuck to her word for the reward. She said she gave them “cerveza and $100, and they were very happy.”
Wilson’s grandkids are glad to have Miss Piggy back. Their massive pet is getting used to her new pen. This one is a little more sturdier than the last.
“I don’t think she’ll get out of here, no,” said Leah.
The family who had the pig told KRQE News 13 they kept her in the yard for a couple days, but didn’t know who she belonged to, and were waiting for someone to come forward.
Miss Piggy’s owners believe she’s pregnant, and is expecting piglets in February.
“That’s one reason why I was scared of losing her,” said Wilson.