Three pigs made their final bid for freedom as they managed to break out from an animal trailer which was carrying them to a slaughterhouse.
The three fully-grown ginger Tamworth pigs were travelling in a trailer on the A3124 from Winkleigh to Beaford yesterday when they broke out of the vehicle and jumped onto the road at Dolton.
Police said the animals had managed to force the door of the transporter open and the driver of the trailer, who hadn't realised they had escaped, carried on driving.
The three pigs were left roaming the road until two were spotted by a member of the public, who contacted the police at around 9.40am.
Initial reports suggested there were only two pigs on the loose.
Officers from Torrington police station arrived and found one pig in a roadside ditch and one running in and out of the road.
They made enquiries and contacted the driver of the trailer, managing to trace the owner as a farmer in Winkleigh.
The owner then reported that a third pig was still on the loose, before it was located in a nearby field.
PC Kerry Wilson yesterday described the situation as "a bit of an unusual incident".
"You certainly don't get that every day," she said.
"We stopped the traffic briefly and had to cut a hole in the fence to make way for them."
PC Wilson added: "Together, we managed to herd them into a field, although one of them was being quite difficult.
"We got there in the end."
All three pigs were unharmed and were accounted for by 11.15am.
They were held in a field in Dolton but were due to be rounded-up yesterday evening and taken for slaughter.