CLARE dog warden, Frankie Coote, came to the rescue of one of the vogue pets of the Celtic Tiger last week, when he re-homed an abandoned pot-bellied pig in Ennis.
Mr Coote, who has also re-homed more than 20 wild boar in the past 12 months, has been asked to find homes for an increasingly wide varied of exotic pets in recent years.
The four-year-old pig, which was described as being in a poor condition when it was found, was being kept as a household pet and not a farm.
A home was found for the pig on the grounds of the Drumcliffe Stables in Ennis where he is understood to be settling in well.
“It was definitely being kept as a pet. You can buy them for €50 or €60 on the internet and people don’t realise how big they get. You need to have a proper place for them. They’ll destroy a couple of acres in a week. People get a dog buyers guide but never really think it through when getting a pig” he said.
“I got a call from a girl in Galway who had tried a lot of rescue centres and no one was helping her. The pig is about four or five years old and he is huge. He was in bad condition, he wasn’t being looked after that well but he will be where he is now. He is no danger to no-one, he’s a pure pet. He will be really well looked after.
“We have dealt with quite a few of the wild boar breeds in the past. They’d be different now in the sense that they could be dangerous. They would not be as tame as this lad [the pot bellied pig]. Those boar are rehomed on a farm in East Clare and I’m given them more than 20 of the wild boars in the past year alone. This is only the second pot bellied pig that I’ve ever dealt with.
“We constantly re-homing different animals these days. We re-home a lot of rabbits, people ring with snakes, we rescue swans off the road there. You always help as best you can, people will always take on [the care of] something unusual. You don’t know what you might get called for theses days – ducks, swans, sheep, cattle. Anything.”

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