Escape ..

There are so many stories that inspire me but I just love this true story .. I was working that day and I cheered and so did the patients. We were all willing them to stay free.

Famous Pigs - The Tamworth Two

The Tamworth Two were a pair of pigs who escaped while being unloaded from a lorry at an abattoir in the English town of Malmesbury, Wiltshire in January 1998.

The pigs (later named "Butch" and "Sundance" )  were on the run for over a week, and the search for them caused a huge media sensation, as well as immense public interest, both in Britain and abroad.

Butch  and Sundance were sister and brother Tamworth Ginger pigs. Both were five months old when they were taken by lorry by their owner to V & G Newman's Abattoir in Malmesbury on 8 January 1998.

Just after they were unloaded from the truck, the two pigs escaped by squeezing through a fence, then swimming across the River Avon and escaping into nearby gardens.

The two pigs spent most of their week of freedom in a dense thicket near Tetbury Hill.

As the story of their escape broke, media interest in the escaped pigs soared across the country, the press dubbing the pair "Butch and Sundance" after the American outlaws. The American NBC network and several Japanese media outlets were among the international media to show a great interest in the story and to send reporters to cover the tale.

The pigs were estimated to be worth between £40-50 each, and their owner stated that he still intended to send the pair to slaughter should they be recaptured. After making this statement, he was offered large sums of money by media outlets and animal lovers to save them from the dinner table. Eventually, the Daily Mail newspaper bought the pigs from him in return for exclusive rights to their story.

Butch was eventually captured on the evening of 15 January, when she and Sundance were spotted foraging in the garden of a local couple.

Sundance escaped into the thicket once again, but was flushed out the next day by two springer spaniels, and tranquilised with a dart gun. He was taken to a veterinary surgery to recover over the weekend.

The two pigs now live very happily at an animal sanctuary .

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Orangetas Orangetas
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12 Responses Feb 21, 2010

Hiya, thanks Paco

Cool.love the story<br />
Paco35:)

Hehe .. it is a great story .. I have mentioned only a bit here but swimming along the river and foiling their would be captures was just brill!!<br />
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I don't know if it has been made into a film yet , but it just has to be . <br />
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I know there are short childrens video stories about them

I couldn't help taking pigs side and even felt I could help them escape as far as possible. Its a really inspiring story that teaches that we can always get away from troubles if we don't lose hope... Hooraaaay!

Oooooooooooooh!, thank you Myonis , I will go check it out at once <br />
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I must say you are looking rather glam today .. going anywhere special?

Oh, Tas! How could I NOT comment on this story? :) I recommend the book "The Good Good Pig, The Extraordinary Life of Christopher Hogwood", a wonderful, inspiring, and uplifting national bestseller by Sy Montgomery. One excerpt of a book review on the back cover reads, "Pig Voyeurs everywhere will be charmed and enchanted by the author's lush and galvanizing nonfiction." ~The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and USA Today says, "Animal lovers, prepare to be seduced by Christopher Hogwood...Extraordinary, indeed." I promise you will not be disappointed; at the very least you will be entertained and smiling.

Hip Hip Horaaaaaaay!!!!

Three cheers for Bonnie & Clyde and "running with it!!"

Yes I agree ..a glimmer of hope is always enough .. but you gotta run with it!!

I think we can learn from Bonnie and Clyde! :)

I guess they just saw the chance and took it ..they were very young so maybe they were more bold and spirited than the older animals who would have smelt death too but maybe resigned to their fate.

Every once in a while I hear a story where the animal escapes on the way to slaughter and my reaction is always the same....I absolutely love hearing that they are saved and I love your story Tasmin. It's my understanding that pigs are quite intelligent...wonder what urged them on to freedom?