Swino, the partying pig, has had his last beer

Published: October 8, 2013

The drunken feral pig that caused mayhem at a Western Australian camping area last month has finally run out of luck.

The pilfering porker who reportedly drunk 18 cans of beer in one night of debauchery at the  DeGrey River rest area near Port Hedland, has been killed in an apparent road accident.

Fionna Findley from WA Main Roads says crews have confirmed the same animal – nicknamed Swino – was recently hit by a vehicle about one kilometre north of the rest area.

“These guys went out and they could see that apparently Swino had some really distinct markings on his ears,” she told the ABC. “And just the colouring of him they were able to match up the markings from what they found to some of the photos.”

Feral pig

While Swino may have died prematurely, he will always be remembered as a pig who lived life to the full. His partying lifestyle earned him worldwide notoriety, and reminded grey nomads and others to always expect the unexpected.

In his most notorious beer-fuelled rampage, the pig caused chaos at the DeGrey River rest area.

One camper named Merida told the ABC what happened.

“It was in the middle of the night and it was these people camping opposite us and they heard this crunching of the can and they got their torch out and shone it on the pig and there he was scrunching away at their cans,” Merida said. “Then he went and raided their rubbish that they had sort of covered over with a bin as well. And then there was some other people camped right on the river and they saw him running around their vehicle being chased by a cow.”

Swino later swam across a river before later being spotted collapsed under a tree, presumably sleeping off a hangover.

In the aftermath of the incident, campers were reminded to securely store any food and drink while staying in the area.

It is not known whether Swino had been drinking before his death.

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Just goes to show you shouldnt drive and be on the road.

He was a beautiful pig, but sadly bound for an early demise. When we camped opposite his island a month ago, one idiots was chasing him away from his place with a stick because he was “bothering” them when they wanted to fish. Some people have no respect for the lives of the local wildlife.

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