Four little pigs no fairytale for Cradock residents

2017-01-10 12:11
The pigs nap in the shade of a tree after a nice meal in a garden in Cradock. (Wilna de Klerk, Netwerk24)

The pigs nap in the shade of a tree after a nice meal in a garden in Cradock. (Wilna de Klerk, Netwerk24)

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Cradock – The fairytale of the 'Three Little Pigs' has made way for a nightmare for Karoo homeowners, after four pigs went on a feeding frenzy.

And the four pigs are not the only ones invading Cradock gardens for food. Others, including large herds of cattle, have been doing it as well, Netwerk24 reported.

The problem has been aggravated by the drought and heat in the area. December, especially, was a bad month.

On Tuesday morning, the four pigs made their way from Frere Street to Cawood Street, and were so full after their final forage in a guest house’s garden that they settled in for a snooze under a tree on the sidewalk.

DA councillor Rika Featherstonehaugh said they had a major problem with cattle, goats and pigs invading gardens.

She said that big herds of cattle – apparently hundreds of them, and some with herders – used Cradock’s gardens for grazing in December.

Several residents who’d been away on holiday, arrived home to destroyed gardens – and a lot of cow dung as proof of the "culprits".

Many of the residents, peeved at the garden "invasions", have taken to Facebook to vent their frustration and anger.

One told of how he’d complained to the health inspector about the foul smell coming from the house where the pigs were being kept, only to be met by a shrug of the shoulders.

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