UK pig scoffs woman's diamond

2009-08-12 21:08

London - A greedy pig is thought to have swallowed a diamond from a woman's wedding ring after she put her hand into his pen in Britain, the owner of the animal said on Tuesday.

Farmer Paul Caygill said the pig called Ginger clamped his jaws around the jewel at Easingwold Maize Maze visitor attraction in northern England on Sunday.

"It wasn't malicious or anything, it didn't take her finger off but took the central stone of her diamond ring," Caygill said.

Caygill, who runs the attraction that includes farmyard animals, said he has searched through the pig's dung since the incident but has so far drawn a blank.

"We will just have to keep looking. So far it hasn't turned up but we are still hoping. I don't know how long it takes for nature to take its course."

Anne Moon said the ring, worth about $2 472 was bought for her by her husband about 30 years ago.

Moon, from Thirsk in northern England, was visiting the farm with her husband and two grandchildren.

"If the pig wasn't so dirty I think we would have put him in the back of the car and taken him home," she told the Northern Echo newspaper.

"Quite a crowd gathered round after it happened. One woman said she would be a witness if the insurance company thought I was telling porkies."

"It had a lot of sentimental value," Moon added.