Flying pig disappears from Auburn restaurant

Published On: Aug 08 2013 05:02:30 AM HST   Updated On: Aug 08 2013 05:05:48 AM HST
AUBURN, Calif. (KCRA) -

The saying "when pigs fly" had George Miller considering just that possibility after the mascot of his Auburn eatery, a 50-pound wooden carving of a flying pig, disappeared from its perch above the restaurant's front door.

"Yeah, but (it's) not likely," Miller said Wednesday. "I'm sure someone took it."

Miller was talking about Super Porky, a pink pig with a blue cape that was suspended from the awning of his Flying Pig BBQ on Lincoln Way in Auburn.

"The person who closed on Friday saw him there Friday night," Miller said. "By the time I came in Saturday, he was gone."

Miller said he found a shoe print on the window sill, next to the door that suggested someone climbed up and took the carving down.

"Wow. That's ridiculous. Why would someone steal a pig?" said Daniel Tronto, an Auburn resident who was standing on the sidewalk.

Miller said the carving was a gift from his wood-carving relative who made it specifically for the opening of The Flying Pig BBQ.

"We made up little sayings about him, like, he's Super Porky -- here to save you from boring barbecue," Miller said.

Now, Miller is pleading with whoever knows the whereabouts of Super Porky to return him anonymously, no questions asked.

"That's my hope," Miller said. "That someone will return him to me."


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