Any animal lover knows pets are part of the family, which is why Laura Reilly will go to the ends of the earth to find her beloved 30kg mini pig.
Laura, Kevin and their daughter Jahzelle packed up their things, ready to embrace the farm life in Goulburn. But it all went wrong when Wilbur escaped from the horse float he was moved in.
“The look on Kevin’s face when he said Wilbur was gone… I just started screaming out ‘Wilbur’ and searching for him. We searched until 3.30am.”
Laura stopped to check Wilbur on Picton Road at Wilton, and again at Bundanoon when Jahzelle needed a break. It was then they discovered Wilbur was gone.
“I was told a horse float would be the best and safest way,” Laura said. “I couldn’t tie Wilbur in because he’d get hysterical being tied up, he would have choked himself.”
Although he’d never jumped before, scratch marks in the side of the horse float showed Wilbur had tried to escape several times before making it out.
Wilbur has a silver nose ring, short stumpy legs, no tusks, is extremely friendly and will come when called. Laura said he was about the size of a Rottweiler.
“He might be a bit distressed now but he’ll come to the sound of oats or pellets in a container,” Laura said.
“For anyone who owns land along the highway, please get in touch with me so I can walk your property or search on my quad.
Laura thanked Christie Jackson, organiser of the Wollondilly Lost, Injured and Found Pets Facebook page, who organised colour flyers and a search of the highway area.
“If, God forbid, he has passed away, I just want to bring him home. I want my little boy with me.”
If you have any information, call Laura on 0411 258 596 or Christie on 0414 315 181.