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Police find pig prowling St. Pete

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(Photo courtesy: St. Petersburg Police Department) (Photo courtesy: St. Petersburg Police Department)

A lost potbellied pig will soon be reunited with its owner after the animal escaped from its St. Petersburg home Monday.

St. Pete Police corralled the pig in a neighborhood behind St. Anthony's Hospital. Officers tweeted out a picture of it pig in the back of a squad car, followed by video of it, asking the public to help track down the owner.

VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWjahigexHk&feature=youtu.be

"He's reasonably well-mannered," said Dr. Rizal Lopez, a veterinarian with the SPCA in Pinellas County, where the pig was taken. "There typically aren't too many packs of stray pigs running down the streets of St. Pete, so he was probably owned."

As it turned out, the pig's owner lived not too far from where police found it and it didn't take a FOX 13 crew long to help solve the mystery.

Howard Matheney said the pig is named "Spider" and is his son's pet. The animal escaped earlier in the day and the family was getting ready to start putting up "Missing Pig" posters.

"He outwitted me once again for like the fifth time," Matheney said, admitting the pig has escaped other times. He says it's time to figure out a way to prevent the pig from getting out.

"He's like one of the kids. He wants to be around people and that's why he wants to get out. He just wants to be friendly and find food, truffles, whatever pigs do," Matheney laughed.

Matheney said he plans to pick Spider up at the SPCA Tuesday.

"Don't underestimate a pig named Spider, because he will get out and he will find a way to make friends and find truffles," Matheney said, laughing. "At least he's not dead. He was found, and we're definitely happy about that."

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