Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Hogs apparently eat farmer

COQUILLE, Ore.—Authorities are investigating how a U.S. farmer apparently was eaten by his hogs.
Terry Vance Garner, 69, never returned after he set out to feed his animals last Wednesday on his Oregon farm, the Coos County district attorney said yesterday.

A family member found Garner’s dentures and pieces of his body in the hog enclosure several hours later, but most of his remains had been consumed, District Attorney Paul Frasier said.
Several of the hogs weighed 700 pounds or more.
It’s possible Garner had a medical emergency, such as a heart attack, or was knocked over by the animals, then killed and eaten, Frasier said.
He noted at least one hog previously had bitten Garner.
The possibility of foul play is being investigated, as well.
“For all we know, it was a horrific accident, but it’s so doggone weird that we have to look at all possibilities,” Frasier told The Register-Guard newspaper.
A pathologist was unable to identify a cause or manner of death, the newspaper reported.
The remains will be examined by a forensic anthropologist at the University of Oregon.
Domestic hogs typically are not known to be as aggressive as their feral cousins, but “there is some degree of danger associated with any animal,” John Killefer, who heads the Animal and Rangeland Sciences Department at Oregon State University in Corvallis, told the newspaper.
While pigs “are more omnivorous than other farm animals, [such as] cows,” Killefer called the case highly unusual.

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