On Wednesday morning, Terry V. Garner, a 70-year-old Oregon farmer, went to feed his animals. Several hours later, when he hadn’t returned, a family member went to look for him and found, on the ground of the hog enclosure, his dentures.
Further investigation of the enclosure revealed that the hogs, which each weighed about 700 pounds, had nearly completely eaten the farmer, although some body parts were strewn about the enclosure.
Now the Coos County Sheriff’s Office is investigating how Garner “ended up in a position where the hogs were able to consume him.” According to the Sheriff’s statement:
There are several scenarios being investigated, including that Mr. Garner had a health event, such as a heart attack, which then put him in a position where the hogs could consume him. Another scenario being investigated is that given the age and health of Mr. Garner, that one or more of the hogs knocked Mr. Garner to the ground, whereupon that hogs killed and consumed him.
The article notes that one of the pigs was known to be aggressive. There is another documented case mentioned of a woman who was attacked by pigs. I’d also point out that an older person can easily lose footing in such a situation, surrounded by captive, and grumpy animals, and suddenly be in a vulnerable position.
Should we be afraid of pigs? Not really, but many domestic animals can be aggressive and be a danger to humans. Also, note that wild boars are dangerous so the aggressiveness is genetic.