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Beer-stealing pig banned from pub

A pig called Frances Bacon has been banned from a London pub for stealing pints and head butting its patrons.

Francis Bacon, the Vietnamese micro pig

Dubbed the “drunken swine”, Bacon the Vietnamese micro-pig had, up until now, lived at the the Conquering Hero pub in West Norwood.

That was until her owners, landlords Vicky and Ian Taylor-Ross, noticed she was finishing off the dregs of customers’ glasses, head butting punters under the tables and raiding the pub’s bar snack stocks.

On a recent break-in Bacon snaffled a bag of dry-roasted nuts and, a little disturbingly, pork scratchings, which she has a particular liking for.

The Vietnamese pot-belly “doesn’t have a clue that pork scratchings are her relatives”, said Mrs Taylor-Ross, who described the pig as “just like a dog, only craftier” and a “loveable menace”.

Customers have also taken to giving the four-year-old pig a sip of their beer, perhaps after she had head butted them under the table.

Mrs Taylor-Ross added: “We have had to put locks on the bar to stop her coming in and stealing crisps and scratchings. She has got an incredible sense of smell. She eats a special dry feed for micro-pigs and eats all our vegetable peelings – as long as she’s not eating her relatives it’s OK.”

The couple have since warned customers not to serve the pig any alcohol and banned her from the bar, choosing instead to restrict her her home in the pub’s beer garden.

While Francis Bacon’s antics might sound mischievous, they are nothing compared to Australian pig Swino, whose penchant for stealing beer and starting a fight with a cow made him famous in his homeland.

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