Three pigs which went missing from their enclosure in the Forest of Bowland have been found.
The elusive young saddleback pigs disappeared from their enclosure in the Forest of Bowland three weeks ago and have been found safe and well and twice their previous size.
Lancashire Wildlife Trust’s East Lancashire reserves officer Phil Dykes had been seeking information about the whereabouts of the rare breed pigs.
He said: “A local farmer called to say he had spotted the pigs after reading about them.
“We found them on moorland belonging to another farmer and that farmer, the pigs’ owner and myself were able to capture the three – after a bit of pig wrestling.
“They are now safely back in the woodland but they seem to have almost doubled in size since they went missing, probably because of the large amounts of acorns around at the moment.”
The pigs, owned by Jack Flusk from Wigan, are being used to graze the woodland as part of a trial to see how effective this would be as a means of encouraging natural regeneration. It represents a return to traditional methods to improve the health of the wood and wildlife.
Phil said: “It was just brilliant to see the pigs again.
“It felt like I had found some long lost friends.
“Now they are back where they belong and seem very happy and contented, just like me!”