This is the moment a huge 31-stone pregnant pig that jumped into a swimming pool to escape the heat is fixed with a harness before being airlifted out by crane.
The incident happened in the town of Lichtenwoerth in the Austrian state of Lower Austria which has been experiencing high temperatures in the last few days.
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The pregnant pig, a 440-lb (31-stone) breeding sow, escaped its stable in search of a cool spot and entered the family’s garden.
Surprised family members then spotted the swine swimming in their pool.
However, the huge animal was unable to get out by itself and the family had to alert the fire brigade.
A firefighting team from the nearby city of Wiener Neustadt had to attend the call-out as the local brigade did not have the necessary equipment to free the sow.
Wiener Neustadt fire brigade chief Josef Bugnar said: “The animal was unable to free itself and had one hoof clinging to the metal pool ladder.
A crane was brought to the scene and a local farmer helped by attaching a harness around the animal’s body while a firefighter calmed the pig by stroking its snout.
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Bugnar said that with the help of everyone involved “the pig was rescued as gently as possible”.
Once on solid ground, the pregnant animal was clearly stressed and tried to get out of the straps as quickly as possible.
The farmer and firefighters managed to calm the sow down and return it to the stables.
The pig was uninjured during its swimming outing.