Held hostage by Bruce the pig

BRUCE has become the latest internationally famous pig after holding Uki woman Carolyn Hayes hostage in her own home.

Ms Hayes, a 35-year local, originally befriended Bruce when he arrived at her property, cleaning up his injured eye and patching up cuts he had sustained since being abandoned by his previous owners.

"I had never had anything to do with a pig before and I thought, 'oh what a lovely little guy this little piggy is'," the 63-year-old said.

But over the course of eight days their relationship deteriorated as Bruce became "very pushy" and Ms Hayes was scared to leave her house.

"It wasn't fun and games anymore, it was getting serious," Ms Hayes said.

The story whipped up a media frenzy yesterday, with television and newspaper crews from around the region descending on the property to hear the curly tail.

By the afternoon, international news sites had picked the story up and were running with it, making Bruce Australia's most famous pig since Babe.

Ms Hayes' stand off with Bruce came to a head in the early hours of yesterday morning, when determined porker tried to gain entry to her house.

As she opened the door flanked by her bull Arab dog Buddy, Bruce tried to charge in and a scuffle ensued.

"There was a pig in front, a dog behind, and me in the middle of both of them," Ms Hayes said.

Bruce easily snapped a broom Ms Hayes used to fight him off, so she grabbed a feather duster, but he bit that in half and pushed her to the ground.

The pig was forced out when Ms Hayes donned a pair of gum boots and kicked him out with the help of Buddy.

Bruce had left a trail of rubbish and destruction across the property. He ripped apart Ms Hayes' garden, destroyed a mattress, scared her horse and caused general havoc.

He happily rolled in the dam yesterday after being fed, blissfully unaware of the number of people that were after his bacon.

Council officers were unable to capture Bruce when Ms Hayes called them for help. Their cage was far too small for the big guy and he refused to get in.

The pig will be removed today by pest and animal health ranger Neil Hing. Mr Hing, who works for the Rural Land Protection Board said Bruce could become dangerous if he continued to grow and run wild on the property.

He will be taken to a local piggery, which promised Ms Hayes Bruce would not be slaughtered.



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