Giant rampaging pig attacks elderly woman

Feral pigs, a pest species that can cause significant damage.
Feral pigs, a pest species that can cause significant damage. Contributed

A 74-YEAR-OLD woman in Devon had to be taken to hospital with serious injuries after a rampaging pig "as big as a bear" attacked her in woodlands near her home.

The giant 270kg boar is believed to have been roaming the area for some time, accompanied by a gang of smaller pigs, which spotted Mary Smith while she was out feeding a friend's animals.

Ms Smith was alone, and got stuck in the mud when she saw the pigs coming. They barged their way through a fence and trampled her, "crushing" her knee and breaking her wrist.

She was able to reach her phone and called her husband and friend, who found her some time later clinging to the fence.

Ms Smith, from Cofton, told the Exeter Express and Echo: "My friend's pigs are really very friendly, she can even get them to sit for her, and I was feeding them when I saw the others."

Read more at The Independent

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