FRANKSTON SOUTH, Australia, June 17 (UPI) -- The owner of a 617-pound pig that escaped from his Australian home and injured a man said he is happy the animal won't be put down.
Edward Weaver of Frankston South said he was worried Nigel, a mixed breed porcine, would be put down by Frankston Council after he escaped from his home Sunday and put a 10-inch gash in a man's leg in Seaford, the Melbourne Herald Sun reported Monday.
Weaver said he was relieved when officials agreed to have Nigel sent to a Sea Lake, Victoria, farm instead of being put down.
"He's like a surrogate child. I love him and don't want to get rid of him," Weaver said. "But if it means he won't be put down, then we are happy he is going out to a farm where he'll be able to roam around with all the girly pigs and share stories of his time in Frankston."
Robert Dennis, the man injured by the swine, said he was also glad to hear the animal won't be put down.
"At the end of the day, it's not the pig's fault," Dennis said.