by: SUBMITTED - This pot-bellied pig is no longer behind bars after being reunited with his owners Thursday at the Bonnie L. Hayes Small Animal Shelter. This little piggy has returned to his Tigard home.A pot-bellied pig that wandered into a Tigard backyard has been reunited with its owners.

The pig, named Pumbaa, was first discovered Wednesday morning after it walked into a backyard near McDonald Street and Hall Boulevard.

Police took the animal to Bonnie L. Hays Small Animal Shelter in Hillsboro, where Deborah Wood, the county's manager of animal services, said the owners claimed him Thursday afternoon.

“The pig apparently had a pet-sitter, and got away from his temporary care taker,” she said. “We’re very happy that the pig had a happy resolution and were glad to keep him safe and sound until his owner came for him.”

Pumbaa is a pet, Wood said. “He was very friendly with us at the shelter and appeared healthy and well-cared for," she said.

According to Jim Wolf, a spokesman with the Tigard Police Department, the pig wandered into a backyard on Southwest Elrose Court near Southwest McDonald Street.

Wolf said one of the officers was able to coax the animal with apples, capture the creature and transport it to the Bonnie L. Hays Small Animal Shelter in Hillsboro, where staff hoped to quickly reunite the pig with his owner.

“The shelter really isn’t designed for pigs,” Wood said.

Believe it or not, this isn’t the first pig to make its way to the shelter this year. A small pig was found in Beaverton in March and taken to the shelter.

"Whether it's cats, dogs or pigs, our goal is always to reunite pets with their people,” Wood said.

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