BBC Home
Explore the BBC
BBC News
Launch consoleBBC NEWS CHANNEL
Last Updated: Tuesday, 20 November 2007, 09:32 GMT
Piglet saved from loo roll peril
Andrex the piglet
The RSPCA said those responsible had been thoughtless
RSPCA workers are caring for a young piglet which was discovered in a lorry-load of toilet paper.

The animal, thought to be two to three weeks old, was found among a delivery at Tesco in Ilkeston, Derbyshire.

Staff said they were unsure of how the piglet, nicknamed "Andrex", came to be on the lorry but believed it might have been a deliberate prank.

The piglet suffered cuts and bruising to his snout and will be rehomed when he has recovered.

Duvet therapy

Ella Herring, deputy manager for the Radcliffe-on-Trent animal shelter, said: "If this was a deliberate prank, those involved have spared no thought for the animal's welfare.

"Fortunately Tesco staff acted quickly in contacting us and kept the piglet warm until the RSPCA arrived.

"We will now care for him until he is fit enough to be found a permanent home."

A Tesco spokesperson said: "Staff are used to dealing with the unexpected, but little Andrex's arrival was a shock.

"They took it in their stride, wrapping him up straightaway in a duvet in the manager's office and calling the RSPCA for advice and help.

"It was distressing for everybody to see the piglet in such a sorry state."

The piglet is being cared for at the RSPCA shelter

Stray piglet faces custody battle
15 Aug 07 |  Derbyshire

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit


Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific