As a truckload of pigs was being unloaded at a slaughterhouse in England, two pigs escaped and ran away. They disappeared into a cornfield as fast as their legs could carry them. Slaughterhouse workers pursued the pigs but lost sight of them. The police were called and joined the chase. Finally, reporters showed up.
These clever, spry pigs became media stars. The British, a nation of animal lovers, named them Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Pig. The fugitives won the hearts of the British public. The slaughterhouse wasn’t so popular.
The getaway tactics of Butch and Sundance included squeezing under a fence that was supposed to be pig-proof. Then they swam a cold, wide river in their bid for freedom. Six days later the pigs were discovered in a family’s back yard. They’d been living on leftover food thrown in the garbage. The family and neighbors kept the refugees’ hideout a secret so they wouldn’t be returned to the slaughterhouse. They told reporters they would turn the pigs over to authorities only when an animal sanctuary agreed to give them a permanent home.
The owners of a British newspaper offered to buy Butch and Sundance at a handsome price. They also found a sanctuary where the pigs were welcome. The adventures of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Pig ended there. They were driven to a spacious sanctuary where they lived a life of ease and comfort. Because they captured so much media attention around the world, the BBC produced a 60-minute TV dramatization of their adventures.