Beer-Snatching Pig Attempts Cow Brawl After Downing 18 Cans At Campsite
It's been a full decade since Australia gifted the world with one of the most astonishing animal-related tales ever told, featuring a beer-snatching pig attempts cow brawl after downing 18 cans at campsite.
While most tourists fret over the country's infamous spiders, snakes, and kangaroos, it turns out there's another creature they should have on their radar—especially if they enjoy an occasional cold one, like beer.
Ten years ago, a feral pig, later nicknamed 'Swino,' caused an uproar at a campsite in Western Australia. According to ABC, the pig infiltrated the DeGrey River rest area, located just east of Port Hedland in the Pilbara region.
Witnesses recount the animal making off with three six-packs of beer. "In the middle of the night these people camping opposite us heard a noise, so they got their torch out and shone it on the pig and there he was, scrunching away at their cans," said a visitor to the ABC.
Not content with just the beer, the pig went on to rummage through rubbish bags, creating a scene that left an indelible mark on all who were present. "Then he went and raided all the rubbish bags," continued the same visitor. But what happened next surpassed all expectations.
Guess what? Fueled by a toxic mix of alcohol and fury, Swino attempted to pick a fightwith a cow. "There were some other people camped right on the river and they saw him being chased around their vehicle by a cow."
The story quickly gained notoriety in Australia and beyond, entering the realm of modern folklore. How often, after all, do we hear of a beer-guzzling, cow-battling pig that lives to oink the tale? Unfortunately, Swino's life was cut short when he was hit by a car a few weeks following the uproarious episode.
However, the pig's legend lived on. Fionna Findley from Main Roads WA mentioned at the time that there were considerations to erect a memorial in his honor. She said, "If we could erect something in his honor and put a few facts down as a reminder to people not to drink and drive. It's a combined effort from road safety, but also a bit of a memorial for the little pig as well."
She added, "It's all about our travel wellbeing objective and we're trying to make the journey for everyone a little bit more enjoyable."
Plans were floated for a monument featuring a pig with empty beer cans at its feet or a cartoon character with a sign attached, though it's unclear if the idea ever came to fruition.
In a world where bad newsoften dominates the headlines, the story of Swino serves as a bizarre but compelling anecdote, demonstrating both the unpredictability of nature and the sheer audacity of Australia's wildlife.
With or without a memorial, the tale of the beer-snatching, cow-challenging pig will undoubtedly be told for generations to come, serving as a quirky reminder of the astonishing incidents that can occur when humans and wildlife intersect.