GENESEO – The future of Geneseo’s latest celebrity is less than certain now that it is safe from traffic.
Wednesday night, Village officials worked together to safely capture a loose piglet found wandering through traffic on Rte. 20A near the bus garage. Now the search is on for the rightful owners, but finding them could result in a not-so-favorable outcome for the pig, affectionately named ‘Genny’ after the rescue.
“It’s a meat pig,” said Teresa Easton, Village parking enforcement officer and local dog groomer, who provided a crate for Genny at the scene of the rescue. “She’s quite young, and if it was a 4-H project it would be huge, since they sell them by weight in late summer. If no one claims her, she could go to a petting zoo instead.”
Aprile Mack, Secretary to the Village Planning Board and Deputy Clerk/Treasurer for the Village Board of Trustees, spotted Genny while driving on 20A from Groveland Road toward Country Lane. She could think of no one better to call than Teresa.
Easton is renowned at the Village Building as a bit of an animal whisperer. She grew up on a farm, has three donkeys and is frequently called upon by friends in the event that a pet gets loose.
Easton believes that the pig squeezed out of a truck in the area where it was found after being bought en masse with many others her size for the meat market.
“She has a little road rash on her bottom,” said Easton. “You know when you see trailers go by with cows or horses inside? When they have little pigs you they’re so low you don’t see them. […] She doesn’t have much human contact. She screamed at first, but is fine now, just very strong. She was hungry and ate a bunch of corn.”
Though it is impossible at this stage in the pig’s life to tell it’s gender, Easton said she hopes it’s a girl.
Genny is currently living comfortably at a friend of Easton’s in York.