Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 September 2014

Farmer is eaten by his own pigs

A farmer in the US has been eaten by his own pigs

A farmer in the US has apparently been eaten by his pigs.

Terry Garner, 70, never returned after he set out to feed his animals on his farm near the Oregon coast.

A family member later found his dentures and pieces of his body in the pig enclosure, but most of his remains had been consumed.

The district attorney's office said it was possible Mr Garner had a medical emergency, such as a heart attack, or was knocked over by the animals before he was killed. But criminal activity has not been ruled out.

Authorities estimate the pigs weigh around 50 stones each. One had either bitten or been aggressive with Mr Garner previously.

A pathologist was unable to identify a cause or manner of death. The remains will be examined by a forensic anthropologist.

Terry Garner was "a good-hearted guy" who cared for several huge adult sows and a boar named Teddy, said his brother, Michael Garner, 75.

"Those animals were his life," Mr Garner said. "He had all kinds of birds, and turkeys that ran all over the place. Everybody knew him."

Domestic pigs are not typically known to be as aggressive as their feral cousins, but "there is some degree of danger associated with any animal," John Killefer, who heads the Animal and Rangeland Sciences Department at Oregon State University said.

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