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A new ‘Animal Farm’? Watch out for pigs on scouting patrols

Published: Saturday, April 12, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT
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A pig belonging to farmer Norm Koster walks near the entrance of the Kelly Williamson Mobil store on Sterling's east edge last week.

I was gone for a few days, and upon my return, I saw the headline about the escaped pig that had cornered some poor soul at the Mobil station on state Route 2 in Sterling.

There was a photo of the man trapped on top of his car with a fierce-looking pig staring up at him. The pig had escaped from the farm across the road. 

According to the farmer, Norm Koster, who owns the operation, the pig somehow shorted out the electric fence that keeps them contained. This happened twice on April 3, and there are 2,400 of them. To me, that seems like a worrisome number to confine.

Personally, I think that the pig was actually a scout, and they are planning something. Anyone who has passed by the area near Applebee’s and the Mobil station knows that they are discontented. Not only do the poor animals have to suffer the elements without shelter, but they have an awful odor about them. 

Pigs are very gifted animals, and they are not happy with their lot on that farm. Just ask them. They are not afraid to speak up. Those unhappy pigs may just revolt. George Orwell wrote about this 70 years ago [“Animal Farm”]. 

Can you just imagine 2,400 pigs standing on their hind legs marching down Lincoln Highway?

Who knows what havoc they will wreak. This could be just the beginning.

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