Oregon Farmer Eaten by Pigs

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Pigs graze on a field.

When Terry Vance Garner failed to return from feeding his pigs last Wednesday, a family member who went to check on him made a horrifying discovery: what appeared to be Garner’s remains, including his dentures, strewn throughout the hog pen, according to a report in the Eugene, Ore., Register-Guard.

Authorities believe the 700-lb. pigs may have knocked the 69-year-old farmer down, or that Garner could have experienced a heart attack and collapsed. A pathologist was unable to determine the cause of death after examining Garner’s remains, so a forensic anthropologist at the University of Oregon will investigate further.

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“For all we know, it was a horrific accident, but it’s so doggone weird that we have to look at all possibilities,” Coos County District Attorney Paul Frasier told the Register-Guard.

Garner, a Vietnam War veteran, suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, and his older brother Michael, 75, told the Register-Guard that the farm — located just outside the town of Bandon, Ore., near the Pacific coast — was a “real life-saver.” Garner raised hogs to sell the piglets to local children.

Michael Garner said a hog bit his brother last year after he unintentionally stepped on a piglet. “He said he was going to kill it, but when I asked him about it later, he said he had changed his mind,” Michael Garner said.

John Killefer, director of the Animal and Rangeland Sciences Department at Oregon State University in Corvallis, told the Register-Guard that domesticated pigs are less aggressive than their feral relatives, but attacks have occurred in the past. In 2006, the Telegraph reported, a boar pinned a man against a tractor in England, gnawing his left arm, back and legs.

Killefer said although the incident was unusual, there are risks involved in interacting with any animal and that hogs “are more omnivorous than other farm animals, [such as] cows.”

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23 comments
scaupus
scaupus

i can see why the vietnamese raise pot belly pigs.  

TyrantInShorts
TyrantInShorts

You need at least sixteen pigs to finish the job in one sitting, so be

wary of any man who keeps a pig farm. They will go through a body that

weighs 200 pounds in about eight minutes. That means that a single pig

can consume two pounds of uncooked flesh every minute. Hence the

expression, "as greedy as a pig". 

DJRickyV
DJRickyV

The tables have turned.  At this farm, you don't eat the bacon, the bacon eats you.

TiredofSpin
TiredofSpin

Shame on the posters that chose to use this story to make stupid crude remarks or politicize. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

deb3027
deb3027

Farmer:  the OTHER white meat.

deb3027
deb3027

Farmer:   the OTHER white meat.

Chet Simonetti
Chet Simonetti

Muslims Don't want anything to do with PIGS. Wonder how many suacide  bombers there would be, if they knew their remains would be fed to their worst nightmare.Their profit, might take exception on giving them their paradise. I know it's a morbid thought. But were dealing with people who have no sense of morality as it is. It's time to fight terror with terror. Give them something to be afraid of. They sure don't fear us now. 

Charles Almon
Charles Almon

Maybe to pigs Poligrip smell like BBQ sauce?

Mary
Mary

This is just so horrid.  Like the Deadwood episode of the brother and sister grifters.  Do pigs eat live mammals or is this a sad case of Mr. Garner doing what he loved and struck with a heart attack and lying deceased in the pen?  I am so sad for the people who knew him and loved him.  God Bless him and those, family and friends, who all gave him joy and comfort while he engaged in his beloved farming activities.

warhammerhamster
warhammerhamster

- Brick Top, in Guy Ritchie's "Snatch". Always acknowledge your sources.

IndigoVoice82
IndigoVoice82

@Chet Simonetti AND.....you have shown just how undereducated you are ...and maybe even a little insane. Read a book.

IndigoVoice82
IndigoVoice82

@Chet Simonetti  AND....you clearly have shown how uneducated and insane you are. 

Jeffnky
Jeffnky

These are your words on your facebook page,

" Geting

angry solves nothing. comunication can solve most problems. If they

don't,just agree to disagree. life is a gift most people treat it like

they are owed something, when in fact it is us who owe it. Do one good

thing for someone every day,wether you know them or not.Make their day!

Suprising how it comes back to you"

Now you want to fight terror with terror. Give them something to be afraid of.

Time to update your page or are you just a hypocrite?

scaupus
scaupus

 i know,  profit is so unpredictable.

Jeffnky
Jeffnky

 I heard that hungry pigs were why Jimmy Hoffa will never be found.

scaupus
scaupus

 pigs will eat anything that doesn't eat them, live or dead.

TyrantInShorts
TyrantInShorts

I think that's obvious that there can no other valid reason for me to put a quote from Snatch out here than to pay homage to one of my favorite movies of all time, and because the quote felt appropriate. Don't see the need for an explicit call out.