Young potbellied pig found in North Charleston

Corky the potbellied pig was found wandering around the Rivers Avenue and U.S. Highway 78 area of North Charleston and now is in the care of the Charleston Animal Society. The 15-pound, 3-month-old neutered male pig has an identifying tattoo and is someon

Brad Nettles

Corky may want to go all the way home, but for now the potbellied pig is living at the Charleston Animal Society.

A good Samaritan found the 3-month-old pig a week ago on Rivers Avenue near U.S. Highway 78. It's neutered and has a tattoo, "CT1," so it's someone's pet, said Kay Hyman, communications director for the Animal Society.

Corky, a 15-pounder, could grow to 300 pounds. He has bite wounds on his lips, tail and a leg. Otherwise, he's fine.

"They're so cute when they're little," Hyman said Wednesday. Word is pigs also are intelligent, affectionate and trainable.

Pigs are clean, fastidious animals, better than dogs in the hygiene department.

"They're smarter than a lot of dogs," Hyman said.

How Corky came to wander the streets is anybody's guess. Sometimes, pet pigs are an impulse purchase that turn out to be too much to handle. The economy has been a factor for cash-strapped pet owners.

On Tuesday, six people surrendered their dogs at the animal shelter, which is an unusually high number, Hyman said.

A 20-pound African Sulcata tortoise was found on Feb. 12 wandering the streets of West View subdivision in North Charleston. No one came forward to claim the reptile, which grows to 100 pounds. It was placed at an animal sanctuary near Georgetown, where Victoria the African Sulcata tortoise was reported stolen.

Nearly 70 potbellied pigs were rescued from a Ravenel residence in the early 1990s. Thirty had to be euthanized. "Finding homes for that many potbellied pigs was really difficult," Hyman said.

Not to mention finding a home or returning home unusual strays such as an emu, peacock, goats, chickens and cows, animals that the society has rescued in addition to the usual assortment of dogs and cats.