A newborn micro pig was stolen from a farm after a woman poured water on its mother before fleeing the scene in a waiting car, police said.
Cleveland Police said the woman snatched the four-day-old black piglet and a guinea pig from Newham Grange Country Farm in Middlesbrough, at around 4.15pm on Saturday March 16.
The force added that the woman, who was accompanied by another woman, a man wearing a blue tracksuit, a small blonde child and a baby, then fled the farm in a silver T Reg Ford Focus Zetec.
Mark Saunders fromNewham Grange Leisure Farm said: “We are concerned that the piglet won’tsurvive as it has been taken away from its mother and needs to be with her."
Anyone with any information is asked to contact PC LyndsayDale on the non-emergency 101 number or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.