A pair of pesky porkers caused mayhem on a Yorkshire golf course this week, digging up a carefully-tended green and putting the club’s director in hospital.
Lightcliffe Golf Club in Yorkshire had to be temporarily closed after the animals, thought to be Vietnamese Pot-bellied pigs, appeared and started "pushing golf trolleys and bags over".
The ham-based vandals were first spotted on Sunday, November 21. Lightcliffe’s president Philip Marshall says that no-one at the club was sure where they had come from.
"One of our golfers saw these pigs on the course and tried to shoo them off and he sustained a cut on his leg and had to go to A&E for a shot," he said. "And they disappeared then, so we thought they'd gone".
But that was just the beginning
"On Tuesday, they reappeared," Mr Marshall told CNN, "and they dug up the 18th green, the first tee and then our head green's director tried to shoo one of them off and it turned on him and it cut his leg”.
The director was packed off to A&E for a tetanus jab and seem to suffer no lasting ill-effects. In fact, Mr Marshall added, the injured man managed a hole-in-one the following Thursday.
But the bacon bandits’ reign of terror at the Calderdale course was far from over.
Mr Marshall says he’d called the police to deal with the intruders but they told him their jurisdiction didn’t really extend to pigs.
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He tried the RSPCA too, but they couldn’t commit to helping any time soon because they "were very overstretched.”
So Mr Marshall and his golf club buddies did their best to confine the gammon gangsters to a quiet corner of the course where they wouldn’t bother anyone.
"So we got them to the corner of the course and left them there. We couldn't approach them, we closed the course because they're obviously dangerous,” he said.
"They ended up on the Tuesday night on the side road outside the golf club," he added.
"They were put in transporters and they were taken away. We don't know where they're from or what's happened to them."
Judith Crowther, the club's house director, told the BBC that the pigs didn’t appear to belong to a nearby farm and the identity of their owner remains a mystery.
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