Every pig has its day — and in this case, that means reversing the food chain.
A 70-year-old man in Oregon was almost entirely devoured by his hogs. Terry Vance Garner was attempting to feed the animals, which technically he did.
Family members report last seeing Garner intact when he left the house around 7:30 a.m. to feed the hogs.
A few hours later, a family member went to check on Garner. When he entered the hog enclosure, he found Garner's dentures on the ground. On further examination, the family member then found pieces of Garner's body, but most of the body was gone, apparently eaten by the animals.
The discarded dentures really complete this gruesome tableau.
Now the mystery is finding out how exactly Garner died. Or as Coos County district attorney Paul Frasier put it, figuring out "how Mr. Garner ended up in a position where the hogs were able to consume him."
Given the state of Garner's remains, a medical examiner was unable to determine the cause of death. It's possible that Garner suffered a heart attack and was eaten by the hogs after he died — but it's just as possible one of the 700-pound beasts pushed him down.
The Sheriff's Office is also looking into foul play, which would mean another human was involved. It's almost comforting to think that someone non-porcine killed Garner, however awful that might sound. Outside of the natural causes scenario, the alternative is that those pigs acted maliciously.
The concept of a farm animal revolt is just fine as an allegory, but a real-life Napoleon the pig is too horrible to be imagined.
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