fugi­tive tam­worths

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Prob­a­bly the best known Tam­worth pigs were a pair who hit the head­lines in Jan­uary 1998. They es­caped while be­ing un­loaded from a lorry at an abat­toir in Malmes­bury, Wilt­shire. The two evaded cap­ture for a week, gen­er­at­ing huge pub­lic in­ter­est. Their es­cape led the five-month-old pigs to be la­belled the Tam­worth Two, with the names Butch and Sun­dance. When they were fi­nally re­cap­tured, they were bought from their owner by a na­tional news­pa­per. The brother and sis­ter pigs lived out the rest of their lives at the Rare Breeds Cen­tre in Kent. Butch died aged 13 in 2010, fol­lowed by her brother in 2011.

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