I had 15 minutes to come up with a plan.
How to recapture my run away hog…. by myself- No gate, No extra fence panel- nothing…
I had been dumping ear corn into the pig pen yesterday morning like I always do….apparently the noise of corn cobs bouncing off the metal hut spooked one of the pigs…. next thing I knew, he had jumped the fence and was wandering towards the gravel road. Problem was, I needed to leave in 15 minutes….I had an hour commute to meet with my tax preparer for our annual meeting…the timing of this escape was not good.
I tried to grab a 16 ft section of extra fence panel, thinking I might be able to temporarily box him in…nope, all of the panels were frozen down in 4 inches of ice.
Even the fence he’d jumped was frozen down, so I couldn’t open it up and chase him back inside. There was no body else outside to call for help..it was just me and this 140 pound pig.
The only plan I could come up with was something I’d heard my grandfather pull off back in the 1920’s…..
I’d heard the story of grandpa catching a run away market hog (240 pounds) a dozen times. As grandpa would tell it, he grabbed the pig by the ear and tail and threw him back over fence. The only difference was, Grandpa was in his early 20’s, 6 ft 2 , 240 pounds of solid muscle and I am currently 50 yrs old and….you get the idea .
” I can do this.” I said to myself.
Like an Indian ready to ride into battle (Native American for all you politically correct types) I braced myself for the battle. After all, I do have a little bit of grandpa living in me .
I got as close as I could, lunged, and grabbed this pig around his middle…
Screaming, thrashing,..felt like I had grabbed onto a 400 pound octopus.
Have you ever heard a pig scream?…I mean really scream?
They can make a lot of racket when they want to.
Well, I wouldn’t let go-
There was a layer of ice under the snow. I went down ,still had a hold of Mr Pig.
I started moving toward the fence, on one knee
man again pig.
pig screaming bloody murder/ thrashing for all he was worth.
“Don’t let go” I thought to myself…
We got close to a section of fence…
Next thing the pig and I knew, he was back in his pen…the other free range pig was barking away/-( that’s what they sound like) He was all worked up by the noise of his screaming pen-mate.
600 pound Ms. Winston, on the other hand, just stood there chewing on her ear of corn.
I’ve mentioned this before but contrary to any preconceived notions you may have about pigs, but pigs are not stupid.
I don’t know how they measure these things but according to the experts, pigs are right up there in the animal kingdom with dolphins, chimps and elephants…they remember things….
The first time he got out, it was an accident. The next time, it’s going to be on purpose. I knew this pig would try to escape again…sometime…probably while I was @ my accountants…
I had no choice but to repair the electric fence that had been down and shut off all Winter.
The clock was still ticking.
My knee hurt.
I was sucking wind…
As I pulled out of our driveway with 2 minutes to spare, the thrill of victory (and adrenalin) coursed through my veins….I felt like an athlete who’d just won gold at the Olympics.
ps This pig is still for sale- lean and mean- It was a free range pig all last summer and fall- hardly any fat on him…drop me a note- I will make you a deal. DM