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Social media quest fails to save Qld pig

AAP logoAAP 10/11/2016 David Sigston

Despite a significant social media campaign, a woman has been been forced to say goodbye to her beloved pet pig in outback Queensland.

Jennifer Hewer was told by Mount Isa City Council 'Hambo', her black and white pig, posed a biosecurity threat.

Close to 4000 people have signed an online petition to pressure the council to reverse the decision but Ms Hewer has moved Hambo to a property out of town while looking for a more permanent home for him.

She hopes wherever Hambo ends up she'll still be able to visit him or receive regular updates.

"He can go somewhere permanent, that's going to love him, that would be the best case scenario," Ms Hewer told ABC radio on Thursday.

Council by-laws prevent the keeping of pigs because they can spread foot and mouth disease.

According to Ms Hewer, Hambo is "as well behaved, as smart, as well trained and he even acts like a dog" and likes joining the dogs for a walk.

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