Abandoned piglet found on motorway

A PET piglet has been found on a busy motorway roundabout.

The RSPCA is appealing for information after the piglet, which is thought to have been a pet pig who was dumped, was found on a busy roundabout at a junction on the M62 at Rainhill.

The abandoned piglet

The abandoned piglet

A member of the public contacted the RSPCA on Tuesday morning after spotting the piglet, which has been named Heidi, on the roundabout at junction seven.

RSPCA animal collection officer Derek Hampson said: “The roundabout has a lot of undergrowth and bushes and the piglet was hiding herself in there. We managed to get her to come out using food.

“The roundabout is in the middle of a huge motorway junction and there is no way she would have been able to have got there on her own, therefore we do believe she was dumped there because it is such a strange place for a piglet to be.

“It is hard to know why a little piglet like this may have been dumped, but many people take on pigs as pets without realising how difficult they can be to care for.

Heidi the abandoned piglet

Heidi the abandoned piglet

“We urge anyone wanting to take on a pig as a pet to do their research and make sure they can provide for their needs.”

The piglet - a Vietnamese potbelly and Kunekune crossbreed female - is now being cared for at a specialist rescue centre in Yorkshire. It is thought she is just a few weeks old.

Anyone with information about the piglet is asked to call the RSPCA’s appeals line on 0300 123 8018.