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What a pigsty! Locals build shelter for lonely pig

Porrick enjoys a spot of grazing outside her new home. Photo: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

A lonely pig abandoned in a Kent field for months has been enjoying some regular home comforts after local residents took pity on the porker.

A small community in Shorncliffe, near Folkestone, built a makeshift for the female swine, who they have named Porrick, and donate copious food so she can eat like a pig.

Porrick was left on her own in an overgrown field on Horn Street in Shorncliffe. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

"She's a real local attraction," said Trevor Boxell, whose son owns the land on which Porrick grazes.

Tin, wood and tarpaulin were donated to build the makeshift pigsty under an ash tree. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

The pig had been left alone for four months after the previous owners moved, taking her herd with them, Mr Boxell explained.

Porrick, who is believed to be a German micro pig, now enjoys a comfortable environment to get a bit of shut eye. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

The owners had 40-odd pigs in the field but when they left to go elsewhere, they left this poor little one behind.

People round here started to take an interest in her and built her a pigsty using tin, wood and tarpaulin. They come in their droves to see her and feed her.

– Trevor Boxell

Mr Boxell said Porrick is now enjoying a healthy diet of potatoes, sprouts, swede and vegetable peelings from locals and appears very much at home.

I've left the gate open for her several times but she never wants to leave. I would like to find her somewhere permanent to stay but she seems quite happy, wagging her tail in the field.

– Trevor Boxell
Porrick has become a firm favourite with local schoolchildren who stop to point out the porker. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire