It’s been a long road for a pot-bellied pig named Marshall.
The beloved pet had to be set loose when wildfires roared into Fort McMurray last week. It was a heartbreaking decision for his owner, Michelle Coutu. But the evacuation order came with little notice and once she packed her children, dogs and essential possessions into a van, there was simply no room for the pig. After they were forced to leave without him, the only thing Coutu could do was report her missing pet online, put a call out on social media and wait.
“Marshall had to be set loose on Draper Road. Please inform of any sightings. Friendly but skittish. No BBQ jokes please. He is our little buddy,” she wrote on Facebook.
In the days that followed, it was starting to look less and less likely that Coutu would ever see her pet pig again. That is, until the RCMP shared this little gem of a photo on Twitter:
— RCMP Alberta (@RCMPAlberta) May 9, 2016
Notice anything familiar in the image on the bottom right? So did a lot of other people. Almost immediately, several Albertans recognized the pig and started tagging Coutu. It wasn’t long before she responded:
Coutu had actually made it all the way to Ontario before finding out Marshall’s whereabouts. So, until she can return home, Marshall will be in the hands of animal custody.
It’s really no surprise that this pig managed to pulled through, however; the porker is practically a disaster veteran.
“This is Marshall’s second evacuation,” Coutu wrote on Facebook. “He was a part of the waterways flood evac too almost 3 years ago. RCMP helped load him up last time! He is a trooper!”
Once again, it looks like this little piggy’s about to make it all the way home.