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Porrick the pig, abandoned in Shorncliffe, Folkestone finds new home at Hillside Animal Sanctuary in Frettenham, near Norwich

A pig who was left on her own on land in Folkestone, after her owners moved away, is now settling into a new home.

Several farmers and animal sanctuaries across the country, including as far afield as Hawes in North Yorkshire, contacted the Folkestone and Hythe Express offering to help after our story last month about the pig, a German micro breed named Porrick.

She was left alone when the former tenants moved away from the land off Horn Street, Shorncliffe several weeks ago.

Porrick the pig at her new home in Norfolk
Porrick the pig at her new home in Norfolk

Porrick became a popular attraction and was looked after by passers-by, who built her a small shelter and went down regularly to feed her.

But she has now moved to her new home in Norfolk, at the Hillside Animal Sanctuary in Frettenham, near Norwich. Wendy Valentine, founder of the sanctuary, said: “Porrick has settled in really well and for the time being is living in a cosy stable.

“When it stops raining, she will go out to live near our other rescued pigs so she will have company.

“It was so kind of the locals where she was found to care for her and make her a shelter.
“But we were concerned that other people might have an alternative idea of turning her into pork chops or bacon sandwiches.”
Even this micro breed can grow to about the size of an adult labrador dog but Porrick was a little too plump.

Wendy said: “She was obviously getting plenty to eat from the villagers.
“So much so, that she came to us a little too round and is now on a diet to help reduce her waistline.”

Folkestone landowner Trevor Boxell said: “They had about 40 of them before but he [the owner] appeared to have left her there.”

He said he could hear her squealing and, because they are herd animals, she needed other pigs around.

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