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Pig amuses, annoys Des Moines neighborhood

Published: Friday, Oct. 11, 2013 11:09 a.m. CDT

DES MOINES (AP) — A pot-bellied pig nicknamed Willie remains on the loose in an eastside Des Moines neighborhood despite repeated efforts to capture the animal.

Neighbors have spotted the wandering female pig for weeks and have grown annoyed at her habit of chewing up grass. No one is sure who owns the pig or how it got loose.

Josh Colvin, Des Moines’ animal services manager, says city workers still hope to attract the pig with food and then trap it. They could resort to more extreme measures but don’t want to risk the pig running into traffic and causing a wreck. As long as Willie causes few problems, Colvin says he’ll stick with his go-slow approach.