Local animal control employees are probably hoping this year’s Groundhog Day won’t repeat itself like in the Bill Murray movie of the same name.
While many were focused on prophetic groundhogs predicting the weather Tuesday, an assortment of other animal oddities kept law enforcement busy in western Wake County.
In Apex a peacock was loose in downtown. In a tweet, Police Chief John Letteney posted a photo of the bird and declared it the “Peacock of Good Living,” a play on the town’s “Peak of Good Living” motto.
The peacock, which local officers apparently know well, later returned to its home.
In Fuquay-Varina, not to be outdone, a black-and-white pig spent Tuesday and Wednesday scampering around several roads, causing police to issue an alert to drivers to be careful not to hit it.
After apprehending the animal, the police began calling it Notorious P.I.G., after another portly outlaw, the late rapper Notorious B.I.G.
Piggie Smalls – or “the ham on the lam,” as the police department joked, along with several puns from the movie “Babe” – is now up for adoption at the Wake County Animal Shelter.
Doran: 919-460-2604; @will_doran