STERLING – You might very well see a hog – as in a large motorcycle – at the Mobil convenience store at Polo Road and East Lincolnway.
But a hog, as in a pig?
On Thursday, a pig was twice spotted at the gas station.
A photo, posted on Sauk Valley Media’s Facebook page, showed a young man sitting on the hood of a gray car in the early evening, apparently in fear of the pig. The hog – a female – was a foot away, looking up at the man.
“He looks like he is wearing cowboy boots. What kind of cowboy is he that he is on the car? He’s supposed to be rough and tough,” joked Norm Koster, the farmer who owns the pig farm behind the businesses on Lincolnway.
The pig in question also had escaped earlier that day, but a farm employee got the animal a few minutes later, Koster said. The same hog found her way back to the gas station in the early evening.
“When it rains, the hogs will tend to root in the soil,” Koster said. “and they put the wet dirt against the [electric] fence, and that shorts it out.”
That allows pigs to get under the wire and roam outside the farm.
Last July, Koster moved pigs to the 120-acre farm, where he had grown corn and soybeans for more than 30 years. This winter, the farm had 2,400 pigs.
The pigs are not a threat to people, Koster said.
“The Mobil employees were glad to see they had a different kind of customer than they are used to – a four-legged one,” he said. “This is the humorous side of things.”