Missing pot-bellied pig named 'Mr. Wiggles' found safe
POULSBO, Wash. -- The story of the wayward Mr. Wiggles has a happy ending. He's the pot-bellied pig who has been re-united with its owner after escaping from his Poulsbo pen.
"The kids really fell in love with him when we first got him because they thought he looked like the pig from the Lion King, the warthog," said owner Allyson McGuire.
Sometime on Sunday, Mr. Wiggles made his escape. The family believes he was upset by all the construction noise going on nearby recently. He came over to the gate, nosed it up off its hinges, knocked it down and took off.
He traveled several blocks through the woods into a neighborhood. K-9 officer Nick Hoke was on routine patrol and spotted something unusual.
"In the middle of the street, wagging his tail and looking like the strangest dog I've ever seen before. And I got closer and I realized that's a pig," Hoke said.
Hoke said the pig had attracted quite a crowd of kids. He had the children bring a hose for water and some bread for the pig waiting for animal control to arrive.
The family didn't realize he was missing until Monday morning.
"When my son came out at 7:30 in tears. 'Where's Mr Wiggles at?'" McGuire said.
By that time a photo of the pig and Officer Hoke had made the rounds on the newscasts and on Twitter. The family called the Kitsap County Humane Society and sure enough Mr. Wiggles was safe.
"We're just real happy that he's home," McGuire said.
McGuire later got a chance to meet and thank Officer Hoke.
The Vietnamese pot bellied pig is home safe and sound with new fence to keep Mr. Wiggles from wiggling free again.