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Nation joins hunt after micro-pig Rudi disappears in Hesse
Rudi the micro-pig. Photo: DPA

Nation joins hunt after micro-pig Rudi disappears in Hesse

DPA/The Local · 12 Oct 2016, 12:13

Published: 12 Oct 2016 12:11 GMT+02:00
Updated: 12 Oct 2016 12:13 GMT+02:00

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Susi Stangl, the owner of the miniature animal, reported the pig missing from her garden plot in the Bürgel district of Offenbach just outside Frankfurt am Main on Saturday.
Intruders managed to climb the 1.4 metre wire-mesh fence, and to remove the little grunter from its cage, according to the Hesse police report.
"Rudi was simply my pig," said Susi Stangl. "I visited him several times a day in the garden, and he always greeted me as a friend."
As of yet, the police have not found a single trace of the piglet or its burglars.The authorities have also begun a search campaign on Facebook with the tagline "Wo ist Rudi?" - "Where is Rudi?".
The campaign has even made national headlines with Spiegel among several news outlets across the country to have highlighted Rudi's plight.
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However, some are taking the campaign less seriously, with one Facebook-user mixing up his meats, and declaring that Rudi is going to end up in his Big Mac.

The craze for mini-pigs began in the USA in the late 1980s, when a number of Vietnamese potbellied pigs were imported to American zoos, according the National Geographic. Private breeders then began to inbreed smaller lines to create even more miniature creatures for the pet market.

Rudi, who is barely a year old, will certainly continue to grow. The average miniature-pig normally reaches around 50 cm in height, so its thieves may well eventually have a shock in store.

Rudi's owner is nonetheless determined to have her pet back, and Hit Radio FFH reports that she is offering a €350 reward.

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