HERRIN, IL (KFVS) - The city of Herrin has a beloved, slightly portly, new mascot running around named Porkchop the pig.
The pig has won the people of the city over, even though she hasn’t been letting people get close enough to catch her.
According to Animal Control Officer Madalyn Holden, no one has been able to catch Porkchop, although most have tried.
“It has an owner and we’ve contacted them before,” she said. "But they can’t catch the pig and we can’t catch the pig, so it’s a citizen at this point for all we know.”
Porkchop has been around since sometime around the beginning of the year, according to Holden. That’s also what some people around town said.
Holden said she was much smaller when the first Porkchop sightings starting coming up. They tried to catch her in a smaller cage but it didn’t work.
Now, she’s gotten so big, they don’t have a cage big enough to even try and can’t afford a new one.
Porkchop’s size has nearly doubled since moving to town according to the locals, and that’s because people love that pig.
“She gets fed table scraps at multiple locations,” Holden said. "She goes to the park and roots around and eats there.”
According to resident Joanne Clayton, she even helps herself to the neighborhood cat bowls.
Clayton is also a big fan of Porkchop.
“She’s just the cutest thing,” she said. "Sometimes she’ll let me get within a foot of her. I try to carry treats for her. In fact right now I have a jerky so I’m hoping she comes around.”
Clayton is just one example of how this pig has earned the affection and fame has around town. According to Holden, Porkchop is also incredibly popular with the neighborhood dogs around town.
“She loves to play with people’s dog’s,” she said. "She hangs out around the dog park. He’s got a real good friend named Harley.”
We actually found Harley, and not too far away, found Porkchop. The pig wouldn’t let us get very close.
No one in town we asked knew what they would want to happen to Porkchop if she got caught. Perhaps she’s so good at avoiding people, no one’s thought about that part yet.
However, it might be safe to say that no one wants the pig to be caught. After all, over 650 people keep up with Porkchop on her Facebook group.
“It’s kinda nice to have a little mini celebrity on your hands hanging around in a small town like Herrin,” Clayton said.