Absent friend toasted two years after Swino’s death
This week marks the second anniversary of the death of the Pilbara’s most beloved alcoholic pig.
Swino made international headlines in September 2013 after reportedly stealing and drinking 18 beers from campers, getting into a fight with a cow then raiding bins for a drunken feed.
Main Roads reported at the time the buzzed boar then continued to cause havoc in his search for booze for more than a week after the initial heist.
Tragically, just weeks later his fate was sealed under the weight of a road train on the North West Coastal Highway near Port Hedland.
Main Roads WA Pilbara maintenance co-ordinator Mick Edwards said a memorial plaque was mooted at the time of Swino’s death but it never eventuated.
“Main Roads were eager to get a plaque erected with the intention to raise awareness to drivers about driving tired,” he said.
“Funding the plaque was the main barrier and public contributions were encouraged but unfortunately the funding fell through.
“Although he caused a lot of havoc at the De Grey River rest area he will always remain a part of the Main Roads family.”
Mr Edwards said the history of Swino was part of the induction for all new staff at the Main Roads South Hedland office.
In the words of the man who first tracked down Swino, Brad Archer: Dampier had Red Dog, Hedland had a pig.