Piglet destined for meat gets new Wheelgate Park home
A runaway piglet could be raised at a Nottinghamshire theme park after he turned up in an alpaca pen there.
Staff at Wheelgate Park have said they cannot explain how Al made his way to the attraction near Farnsfield.
From his shape they think he is likely to have been bred for meat production but they have contacted farms in the area and none are missing a piglet.
Without the care of his mother, Al has been bottle fed by staff since being discovered on 22 June.
Park manager Sandy Gyorvari said a visitor saw him running around in the alpaca enclosure and reported it to a member of staff.
"He thought 'That's odd, we don't have any piglets'," said Ms Gyorvari.
"He was there just running around."Chased for three laps
But Al, who was then about a week old, was scared and did not want to be caught.
"It took three of them to catch him. It was quite funny," said Ms Gyorvari.
"It's a massive pen. They did say it was a good three laps around and in the end one of the chaps took their jackets off and threw it on top of him."
The park already has a Kune Kune pig called Dave.
However Al will grow so big he will need his own enclosure built for him.
Some people have suggested Al could have been stolen and dumped at the attraction but Ms Gyorvari said it would have been difficult to sneak him in because he squeals a lot.
Another possibility is that Al could have escaped while in transit.
But Ms Gyorvari said: "He's quite young and I wouldn't have thought he would have been moved.
"I think now, as time is going on, it's looking likely that we will permanently adopt him and keep him and bring him up."