Pensioner, 74, attacked by 600lbs feral PIG as big as a BEAR


A woman suffered a broken leg and wrist after she was attacked in woodland by a 600lbs PIG – as big as a BEAR.

Frail Mary Smith, 74, was feeding pigs at her friend’s smallholding when the wild rampant porker suddenly crashed through the wire fence.

It is the thought the massive feral hog is descended from a family of pigs which escaped from a nearby farm several years ago.

Mary, of Exeter, Devon, says the pig weighed 600lbs and was ”as a big as a bear” and pinned her down and stamped on her.

She spent twelve days in hospital being treated for a broken wrist and leg after the rampaging animal smashed into her.

Mary says she was attacked by the pig which crashed into the enclosure with a wild herd.

She said: “My friend’s pigs are really very friendly and I was feeding them feed when I saw the others.

“I can’t be totally sure now but I think there were two pigs, a big boar and some young pigs.

“The adult pigs raised the stock fence with their snouts and charged me. They were after the food.

“I was stuck in the mud and couldn’t move and they trampled over me. My right knee was crushed and my left wrist broken.

“I somehow got out of there and they said they found me hanging on to the fence, although I can’t really remember that.”

Mrs Smith was rushed to the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital where she was treated for multiple fractures and shock.

She’s now recovering at home with her husband Derek, 73, but says she still suffers from terrifying flashbacks.

She went on: “It has been a nightmare and I don’t think I will be going back to feed my friend’s animals again.

“At least I am home for Christmas. I can’t do much but my four daughters, my son and my husband are looking after me very well.”

The herd that attacked Mrs Smith are believed to have been roaming free for several years after escaping from nearby farmland.

In April 2011 police were called to an incident near the same woodland near Cofton Country Holiday Park after two people were mauled by pigs.

A man was bitten on the arm and a woman suffered a bloody gash to her leg.

The holiday park’s owners said at the time that they had chased away pigs on 30 to 40 occasions.

Police established the animals had escaped from private land but officers insisted it was a civil matter.


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