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Barnyard animal blocks Division Street just after midnight Tuesday, April 26.

COURTESY PHOTO: PORTLAND POLICE BUREAU - A pig caused a traffic jam just after midnight Tuesday, April 26, in East Portland. Drivers in East Portland had to avoid a surprising obstacle just after midnight Tuesday, April 26, after a wayward pig wandered into the middle of the road near Southeast Division Street and Southeast 138th Avenue.

The pig was standing in the middle of the eastbound lanes of Division, forcing drivers to slow and swerve as the barnyard animal casually hung out in the roadway.

Portland Police Bureau East Precinct officers attempted to corral the pig so that it wouldn't cause any serious crashes. The officers formed a human perimeter, and after a few short foot pursuits, decided to instead build a rapport with the pig. They offered snacks, including Goldfish crackers and cookies, to keep the animal calm.

Staff from the On Call Community Rescue for Animals, based in Oregon City, arrived to support the officers. Eventually seven people were able to safely corral the pig into a crate.

At the time the pig is known as John Doe. If anyone knows his identity contact On Call Community Rescue for Animals at 503-988-7387.

COURTESY PHOTO: PORTLAND POLICE BUREAU - Portland officers used snacks to keep a wayward pig calm until a local animal shelter could safely remove it from the middle of Division Street.


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