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Last Updated: Tuesday, 14 September, 2004, 08:59 GMT 09:59 UK
Wild boar does disappearing trick
Wild boar
A search is under way for Houdini the boar
A wild boar has escaped from an abattoir in the Borders shortly before it was due to be slaughtered.

The runaway swine, dubbed Houdini, was last seen breaking out from its pen and heading into bushes on the outskirts of the town of Galashiels.

Lothian and Borders Police said the nine-stone beast was not likely to be dangerous unless cornered.

The animal's fate now rests on either evading capture or engendering the sympathy of the general public.

In 1998, the Tamworth Two pigs caused a media frenzy after they escaped from an abattoir in Malmesbury, Wiltshire.

Butch and Sundance were finally caught, but were saved from becoming sausages and given a new home to live out their days.

And in 2002, a black boar nicknamed McQueen went on the run after mounting a "great escape" from a slaughterhouse in Stirlingshire.

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