Thursday, April 11, 2013

Ghost #5

    The fifth ghost done was to keep the story of Red Deer's most famous pig alive. Francis had been delivered to the local abattoir and escaped. He was on the loose for several weeks and was very difficult to catch. It was winter so he could be tracked. He was bated with food but would not take the bait. Finally they say him and used a tranquilizer dart. A local farmer took Francis, but Francis died a few days later because the tranquilizer dart had injured internal organs. 

    So the story of Francis was gripping but ended sadly. So this ghost honors poor old Francis.

Francis charging through the brush

Francis evading the trappers

29 comments:

  1. Poor Francis, but he did end up immortalized in bronze which is something very few pigs can say.

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    1. The three little pigs come to mind!!!!

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  2. Awww... Poor Francis. At least he had a taste of freedom.

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    1. He was a very spunky porker.

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    1. Yes, I think everybody was hoping Francis would get away. He was named Francis after all this happened.

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  4. Wasn't expecting the sad ending.
    Guess someone didn't know exactly how to use a tranquilizer gun.
    I like Stephen's comment - immortalized is something I can smile about.

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    1. Apparently we aren't told that there are deaths caused by tranquilizer guns.

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  5. I agree with Stephen. There's something to be said for being immortalized!

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    1. Francis was in pretty rough shape after he was caught.

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  7. A sad story about a brave pig, to try avoid his destiny. Nice they made a statue for him.

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    1. This story really got people involved.

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  8. Aw, that's a very sad story. He tried and tried but to no avail to escape his fate.

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    1. We were quite involved with this guy' escapades.s

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    1. It was sad that he avoided the slaughter house and then died anyway.

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  10. Oh my, poor Francis. His statue is fun to look at, though.

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    1. Yes , it catches Francis furiously running away.

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  11. Hilary - Bronzed Bacon - I like that. Poor Francis very well knew where he was headed and figured he had that last one chance to freedom - just didn't work - Bronzed for Bravery- Yes :)

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    1. Francis caught everyone's emotion.

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  12. Darn! I had hoped for a long life for him!!
    Linda
    http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com

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    1. Some stories have sad endings.

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  13. Too bad. Our neighbors all raise pigs but they are confined and sequestered to prevent disease. You never see them and they never see outside....:(

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    1. The way they raise animals today is rather sad. The meat doesn't taste the same either.

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  14. That is a sad story..poor Francis:(

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