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Couple Recuperating After Attack By 700-Pound Wild Boar

April 12, 1989

MICCO, Fla. (AP) _ An elderly couple were recovering from injuries suffered when their 700- pound hog turned into a crashing boar and went on a rampage in their yard.

Homer Cato, 89, and his wife Victoria, 79, have kept the pig in their backyard for four years since he wandered onto the property in this town about 160 miles north of Miami.

The pig broke out of his 15-by-30-foot pen Saturday after a fire started in the yard. He gouged Mrs. Cato’s legs and right arm with his 4-inch tusks as the couple tried to get him back in the pen, said Xan Rawls, director of Brevard Animal Control.

On Sunday, an ambulance was sent to the house after Cato collapsed, Ms. Rawls said, but the pig blocked the doorway and kept paramedics at bay.

Animal control officials and sheriff’s deputies were called in, and two deputies shot and killed the pig as it charged them.

The Catos were treated and released at Humana Hospital Sebastian, a hospital spokeswoman said Tuesday. They declined to answer a reporter’s questions.

″Adult males can’t be trusted,″ said Jack Mayer, a wild hog expert in Tampa. ″Some days they are very lovable and take chocolate bars and will roll over and let you scratch them on the stomach. The next day they will slam you up against the fence. You just don’t know what is motivating them.″

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