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"Something obviously went wrong" says inspector as pigs escape on to A21 twice in four days

PUBLISHED: 15:02 04 January 2016 | UPDATED: 15:02 04 January 2016

Pigs on the road@TfLTrafficNews and Kier Highways

Pigs on the road@TfLTrafficNews and Kier Highways

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Pigs escaped on to dual carriageway on December 30 and January 2

Animal groups and police were left chasing pigs twice last week after dozens of pigs escaped onto a busy dual carriageway.

On December 30 around 30 pigs, believed to be Kune-Kune crossbreeds, were rescued by the RSPCA after they had escaped on to the A21 near Knockholt Train Station.

Then, on January 2, two RSPCA inspectors along with police and Transport for London representatives spent more than an hour clearing the same breed of pig from the same road.

On both occasions the road had to be temporarily closed to deal with the escapees.

Inspector Nick Wheelhouse said: “The owner had managed to round-up a majority of them, shepherding them up the hill and back into the fields.

“We worked with Transport for London staff to stop the pigs from getting back onto the road.

“The owner was there and has been building secure enclosures to keep the pigs contained and away from the road but something obviously went wrong.

“Pigs are incredibly intelligent animals and they have worked out a way to get through the fence so they can get onto a nearby verge to forage.

“Fortunately no pigs or motorists were injured.”

Anthony Pulfer from the RSPCA said: “These pigs must have been so scared. It is a good job it was a quieter time of year as this many pigs loose on such a main road was a dangerous situation for motorists as well as the animals.

“Drivers go about 60 miles per hour on this road so there was a strong chance of collision.

“This incident shows how important it is that pigs are kept in secure enclosures which are maintained regularly to make sure they cannot escape.”

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