Pigs Survive Floods, Still Buy the Farm

Iowa cops shoot the porkers as they scramble on levees
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Jun 19, 2008 12:00 PM CDT
A pig who somehow floated or swam several miles from the flooded hog barns near Oakville, Iowa, rests on the Mississippi River side of a sandbagged levee near Kingston, Iowa, Tuesday, June 17, 2008.    (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
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(Newser) – They managed to survive torrential rains and swam mightily through rising water, but a clutch of feisty midwestern pigs couldn't dodge a sheriff's bullet. At least a dozen porkers were shot dead this week as they scrambled on Iowa levees. "My gosh, it happens every day," snapped a town official who said the pigs were killed to protect the levees. "That's how we get bacon and pork chops."