Schoolboys corner runaway pig while on their lunch break

A pesky porker is back in the joint after escaping from his field.

Barnaby the pig managed to scramble under the fence and roamed wild in Erskine.

His escape from captivity lasted around 20 minutes before schoolboys at nearby Park Mains High raised the alarm.

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A number of boys spotted the Kunekune cross their lunch break about 500 yards from his field.

The two-year-old was happily trotting for the houses at Millfield Hill on Monday.

Lamont’s volunteer manager Yvonne Yvonne Elliot said: “Barnaby has worked out which bit of the fence he can ram and lift if he puts enough effort in.

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“Luckily the senior boys kept him in their sights and two of the younger lads ran down to the farm to alert us.

“We were able to block him and direct him back to the field with the help of a special device.”

On the run - Barnaby escaped from Lamont Farm
On the run – Barnaby escaped from Lamont Farm
(Image: Lamont Farm, Erskine)

Barnaby is one of three pigs, all male, at the farm and lives with his older brother Porkers and Mr Jelly.

While Mr Jelly is well-behaved, the other two are mischievous.

Porkers, now 12, has fled before, says Yvonne, so escapology must run in the family.

He managed to get much further than Barnaby and was eventually cornered at Liburn almost a mile away.

She added: “But Barnaby has real personality and I think he likes to get out simply to cause trouble.

“Once I had got him on Monday he argued with me right the way down the road.

Lamont farm will be open during the holidays, but closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day and January 2.

It is run entirely by volunteers and was launched in 1977, the first “city farm” project in Scotland.

Animals there now include sheep, donkeys and llamas as well as smaller species such as rabbits and guinea pigs.

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Daily Record – Paisley