Pigs escape, run amok on Southside
A PAIR of pigs had Gympie police hog tied yesterday after they ran amok on the Southside.
The breeding sows got their first taste of freedom about 6pm Monday night and seemed to be heading to, excuse the pun, market.
The pigs were first brought to the attention of police about 6.10pm on Monday night when a woman from Glastonbury, who was heading into town, almost struck them with her car.
Sergeant Vic Tipman said a short time later an RACQ driver reported two pigs on the road.
He said they were reportedly heading for the Southside tip but police crews were unable to locate them at that time, and it was thought they had made it home.
Then about 10.30pm another report said two pigs were on Glastonbury Road heading towards town.
It seems they had crossed Eel Creek, and hadn't headed all the way home.
This time police located the pigs and put them into a yard along Glastonbury Road.
But the escape artists found their way to freedom again and were reported on Eel Creek Road about 8.50am yesterday.
Residents and police chased the sows into an Eel Creek Road residence but it seems that also wasn't enough to confine the two adventurers.
About 2pm they were seen entering neighbouring properties and running across Eel Creek road once again.
They have caused damage to yards digging up gardens and destroying water features while trying to cool off.
The pigs, which were restrained once again on an Eel Creek Road property, were back on the run yesterday evening after again breaking free, their owners still having not been located.
Sgt Tipman said owners of animals that ended up on the road could be liable for damages.