NEVFC rescues 300-pound pigs from well
NORTH EAST — Emergency workers rescued two 300-pound pigs named Ham and Bacon on Wednesday after they escaped their pen on a property near North East and fell down an abandoned 15-foot-deep well.
Bacon, however, perished inside his cage several hours after the rescue. Ham appeared to be doing quite well, as of Thursday.
“I guess Bacon had internal injuries. I went out there about 5:30 this (Thursday) morning and he was dead,” said Kelly Corriden, owner of the pigs.
But even so, Corriden applauded the efficient rescue by North East Volunteer Fire Co. members, noting that it was clearly a strenuous effort.
“There was six to 10 guys from the fire company, and they pulled that rope, hand over hand, to get the pigs out of the well,” Corriden explained.
Corriden had called 911 shortly before 5 p.m. Wednesday after her children and nephew noticed that Bacon and Ham were not in their pen when they went to the barn on the family’s property in the 100 block of Philipe Lane to feed and water the animals, she said.
A quick investigation by Corriden, whom the youngsters had summoned, revealed that the escaped pigs blitzed over a fence, knocked off the concreteand-plywood cover on the defunct wet well and fell down the shaft, leaving them
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This photo shows one aspect of the operation to save two 300-pound pigs that fell down an abandoned well on Wednesday, after they escaped their pen on a property near North East.