Pet pig reunited with family after Tunnel Fire in Arizona


A pet pig was found “shivering and dehydrated” after the Tunnel Fire in Arizona.

Arizona Game & Fish Department

An Arizona family had only minutes to escape a wildfire racing toward their home.

The Tunnel Fire swept through the area north of Flagstaff on April 19, leaving a path of destruction behind. Many people lost their homes and left pets and livestock behind.

Since then, wildlife officials have patrolled the perimeter of the fire. Recently, a lone pig was found.

“They received reports from some fire fighters of a shivering and dehydrated potbellied pig wandering near the burned area,” the Arizona Game and Fish Department said April 27 on Facebook.

The pig needed help, and wildlife officials used what they had on hand: leftovers.

A half-eaten waffle, some hash browns and a banana got the pig’s attention. It slowly got closer to the wildlife officials.

Finally, they were able to lure it in close enough to throw a rope and pole over the pig.

“Some further wrangling, kicking, and high-pitched squealing ensued before (a wildlife officer) sacrificed the sleeve of his jacket as it was the perfect fit over the animal’s cone shaped face,” officials said. “Once subdued with the face mask, Ms. Piggy took a few more snaps at our officers and eventually calmed down enough to transport.”

The pig was taken to the Northern Arizona Animal Search and Rescue, which had already found the pet’s owners.

The owners lost their home in the wildfire, but they were happy their “beloved pet brought some joy,” officials said.

Maddie Capron is a McClatchy Real-Time News Reporter focused on the outdoors and wildlife in the western U.S. She graduated from Ohio University and previously worked at CNN, the Idaho Statesman and Ohio Center for Investigative Journalism.

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