NEVFC res­cues 300-pound pigs from well

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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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PHOTO COUR­TESY OF KELLY COR­RI­DEN

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.

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