New Plymouth's wandering pig recaptured thanks to mince pies
One little piggy that went to market - or at least to New Plymouth - is now heading to a new home after a liking for mince pies brought its freedom to an end.
The wandering little black sow became an unofficial resident of suburban Vogeltown after somehow getting loose, and residents' charity had saved its bacon for several months.
And it was a liking for good food that brought 'The Penny Lane Pig' back into the fold and to a new home on a Stratford farm.
"Animal Control officers had help from members of the public who managed to tempt it, by all accounts, with mince pies, and they managed to get it into the cage," New Plymouth District Council (NPDC) compliance lead Cheryl McGrath said.
The pig had been seen on several occasions by residents over the past few months, and NPDC animal control officers had been working to catch it alive.
They finally managed the feat early on Friday morning.
McGrath said that, from what she understood from talking to people, the sow was being fed so it had become quite friendly.
"One of the members of the public that's been involved with the pig, he's taken it to a farm. There are other pigs on this farm."
McGrath said the process of catching the pig was pretty straightforward.
"Our fear was that it would get hurt at some stage," she said.
And she said the pig is not going to be turned into pork and bacon.
"We're just pleased that it's safe and that it's going somewhere where it will have a lovely life."