Pig in the city

The rescued piglet
The rescued piglet

A piglet who took a dip in the River Don and was found swimming past an Aberdeen supermarket has been rescued by an animal charity.

The Scottish SPCA took the pig, provisionally named Georgie, from the river and gave him a temporary home in Deeside’s Drumoak animal rehoming centre.

Scotland’s animal welfare charity was alerted on Friday (5 July) when members of the public spotted the animal swimming in the water close to the Tesco store in Aberdeen’s Bridge of Don.

Inspector Fiona McKenzie of the charity said: “We believe Georgie is a mangalitsa pig, which are also known as curly-haired hogs.

“Georgie was swimming between river banks so we were able to catch her once she came ashore.

Inspector McKenzie did concede tyhere was a twist in the tale as it was a “bit of a mystery” how the pig got into the river: “It’s a bit of a mystery as to how she came to be there as we’re not

aware of any farms nearby.”

She added that she had already become a favourite at the centre: ““Georgie has settled in well at the centre and has already become a favourite with staff.

“If no-one comes forward for Georgie, we’ll be looking to find her a permanent home.

“We think Georgie still has quite a lot of growing to do, so ideally she’ll need a small-holding with plenty of space to roam.”

Anyone with information is being asked to contact the Scottish SPCA Animal Helpline on 03000 999 999.

The Scottish SPCA’s £2 million centre at Drumoak in Aberdeenshire was opened in summer 2011.

Working in partnership with the charity, Barr construction company created a dog wing with veterinary examination area and exercise yard, a cattery, a small animal facility and a main care unit housing a stable block, hay barn and horse paddock.

The Aberdeenshire centre cares for dogs, cats, horses, birds, reptiles and small animals such as rabbits, guinea pigs and ferrets. It also has dedicated puppy and kitten facilities.

Centre manager Graeme Innes said at the time of opening: “Our animal rescue and rehoming centre will be a vital addition to the local community and help thousands of abused and abandoned animals find loving new homes in the years to come.

“We already have dogs, cats, rabbits, ferrets and rodents in our care looking for new owners and we’ll soon have a wide variety of other animals as well.

“Our message to would-be owners in the North East is to think about taking on a rescued pet.

“There are lots of pet shops and breeders they can go to but there are also animals in desperate need of a second chance in life.

“That’s why we’re here and we’ll be delighted to welcome the public through our doors and tell them about the wonderful animals in our care.”