Pigs are re­united af­ter hor­ror blaze

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STU­ART GREER

PIGLETS have been re­united with their mother af­ter a tragic barn fire.

The sow and her off­spring were sep­a­rated when a blaze broke out in the pig barn at a small­hold­ing in Clarke Lane, Bolling­ton.

Fire­fight­ers man­aged to res­cue nine piglets and two sows from the burn­ing build­ing on March 8, but one sow ran away and had to be re­cov­ered by the RSPCA.

Trag­i­cally, one piglet and one sow could not be saved and died at the scene.

Two of the piglets were treated for burns and oth­ers needed pain re­lief.

RSPCA of­fi­cers and a vet were called to check the re­main­ing piglets and help trace the miss­ing mum.

She was even­tu­ally found in the coun­try­side and has now been re­united with her piglets.

An­i­mal Wel­fare Of­fi­cer Steve Wick­ham said: “Con­sid­er­ing what th­ese poor piglets had been through they were do­ing very well.

“It was so lovely to see them all re­united. They were root­ing around in the straw and were very happy.”

An in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­vealed that the fire started when a spe­cial heater used to keep the pigs warm came into con­tact with com­bustibles.

●● A sow and piglets hap­pily snug­gled up (below) af­ter their trau­matic ex­pe­ri­ence when a pig barn in Bolling­ton, caught fire (left)

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