Miss Piggy?s big adventure
By EMMA CORNFORD
IT had been a usual Wednesday afternoon shopping trip for the Burchells before they pulled into the driveway of their Junction Hill home.
But as they unloaded groceries from the boot of their car, Betty Burchell noticed something unusual at the front door.
Fast asleep on the doormat was a tiny, pink piglet.
"It was about 4:30 and I looked over, saw this pig and said to my husband 'look at that'," she said.
"I just couldn't believe it.
"It couldn't have come straight onto the porch; it would have had to come over the footpath and the nature strip, and we've got a big colorbond fence so it must have squeezed under that or gone around the side or something."
Mrs Burchell said when the little pink refugee awoke, her husband Robin caught the female piglet and put her in their trailer until they could get hold of Clarence Valley Council ranger, Dave Drewett.
"I got a call on the emergency after hours line, informing me that there was a pig found asleep on the front doormat of a house out at Junction Hill," Mr Drewett said.
"I went out there and had a quick look; there was a little bit of blood around its mouth and it looked as if it had bitten its tongue so I took it around to Grafton vet clinic and they gave it a shot of penicillin and I took it to the Pound."
Other creatures at the pound were unfazed by having a pig in their midst; Mr Drewett kept her well away from the dogs.
He said no-one was sure how the piglet came to be on the Burchell's front porch, but it may have fallen off a truck or trailer on the highway.
"Her injuries are consistent with that," he said.
Mr Drewett urged anyone with information about the mystery piglet to contact the Grafton Pound on 66425689.