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VIDEO: Loose pig slows I-30 traffic in Little Rock

By Gavin Lesnick

This article was originally published May 8, 2014 at 9:31 a.m. Updated May 8, 2014 at 11:56 a.m.

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A pig runs down westbound Interstate 30 near 65th Street in Little Rock on Thursday, May 8, 2014.

Pig escapes trailer, snarls traffic

A large pig escaped from a trailer on I-30 Thursday, causing traffic problems while officials worked to catch it.
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Pig gets loose on Interstate 30

Trish Watts of Benton captured footage of the loose pig on Interstate 30 Thursday morning.

A large pig enjoyed a few moments of freedom before being caught and put down after it escaped from its trailer on Interstate 30, snarling morning traffic.

It happened before 8:30 a.m. in the westbound lanes near the Scott Hamilton Drive exit.

Arkansas State Police on scene say the pig — which one estimate put at 300 pounds — jumped out of its trailer and ran around the interstate before its owners could corral it. At one point, one trooper said, they believed they had it surrounded when it made its way over the side of a police car.

The pig was ultimately tackled and moved to the shoulder, where it was killed. Several men in the vehicle that was hauling the pig said it was set to be slaughtered anyway. It wasn't clear if it was killed on the highway because it was injured or because officials feared it would escape again.

A second pig that was also in the trailer did not escape.

Little Rock Animal Services workers retrieved the escapee's carcass, and firefighters then washed it blood off the interstate with a hose.

Traffic was moving again through the area by 9:30 a.m.

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HawgFan says... May 8, 2014 at 9:57 a.m.

Bacon!!!!

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jylatham says... May 8, 2014 at 10:19 a.m.

Absolutely, totally, completely unnecessary to euthanize him for escaping. Although I guess better than the fate he would've met had he made it to the processing plant. :'(

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RoyDaMercer says... May 8, 2014 at 10:36 a.m.

Actually I think he may have been injured according to what I have heard, not sure if true but that makes more sense. I'm surprised it's carcass wasn't sent to Whole Hog BBQ or some Chinese restaurant

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GCW says... May 8, 2014 at 11:47 a.m.

That'll do pig.

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T6 says... May 8, 2014 at 2:28 p.m.

Did the owner get a ticket for letting him get out of that gerry rigged trailer?

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RAZ1ABA says... May 8, 2014 at 4:23 p.m.

“I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.”

― Winston Churchill

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Capitalist12 says... May 8, 2014 at 9:31 p.m.

Same thing will likely happen to Hogs this year: "caught and put down" thanks to Jeff Long firing our winning coach Petrino.

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drs01 says... May 9, 2014 at 8:53 a.m.

Hillary Clinton in Arkansas????

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Packman says... May 9, 2014 at 9:38 a.m.

Would this be a "feral" hog?

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RBAGGETT427 says... May 13, 2014 at 4:50 p.m.

Whoa pig, Whoa pig soieeee.

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