Pig that roamed free in Gloucester is safe and well after being

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. After online speculation, the police confirmed the animal was not a wild boar The animal evaded capture for more than 24 hours before being apprehended by officers early on Thursday morning.The council says the pig has found “a new home” and will not be put down.It was caught in the grounds of the historic St Oswald’s Priory and collared by police, who handed the animal over to Gloucester Council.It was then taken to a “safe location”, which the council said it was unable to disclose.Police posted the CCTV image on Twitter on Tuesday evening, asking: “Have you lost a pig? One’s been roaming … in Gloucester all night. If it’s yours please ring 101 and let us know!” A pig that roamed free on the streets of Gloucester for more than 24 hours is “safe and well” after being found by two brothers who used a rope to “lasso” the animal into captivity.The pig was handed over to police after being captured by Ben and Gavin Evans, who spotted the animal eating apples outside a city pub.Police quickly dismissed local rumours that the animal was in fact a dangerous wild boar.The animal – a pot-bellied Vietnamese breed – was spotted on CCTV on Tuesday evening after straying into town from the nearby Forest of Dean. After online speculation, the police confirmed the animal was not a wild boarcenter_img Many locals thought the animal was in fact a wild boar, which have proved dangerous around the Forest of Dean in recent years, attacking children, dogs and cars. Local resident Ian Hatton wrote on Facebook: “That’s not a pig; that’s a boar. It may be wild but it’s worrying if they are coming into Gloucester.”Hannah Davenport added: “It’s a wild boar, they roam Gloucestershire woods, don’t go near it. They are bigger and more dangerous than pigs, they can disembowel you.”Gloucestershire Police quickly denied these rumours, however, writing on Twitter that the captured animal was “far too friendly to be a boar, definitely a pig”.The council later said that the animal “looks like” a Vietnamese pot-bellied pig, an endangered domestic breed.“The pig is safe,” Gloucestershire Police said, “thank you to all who phoned in with sightings. Officers managed to put it on a lead until the council could pick it up.” Have you lost a #pig? One’s been roaming Westgate Street in Gloucester tonight. If it’s yours, please ring 101 and let us know! Inc. no. 25. pic.twitter.com/VTMbQVU8gL— Glos Police (@Glos_Police) July 12, 2017last_img