In Weatherford, Oklahoma, last month Imogene Barnhart won the 10th Annual World Championship Hog Calling Contest. "I'm a champion hog-caller and husband-caller," she explained. "I've had three."
In Banbury, England, Frankie the pot-bellied pig became the first of her species to be given a face-lift. The rolls of fat around her eyelids had obscured her vision so much that she went around bumping into things. The snip cost pounds 130.
In Manganeses de la Polvorosa, a village in Spain, the mayor defended the carnival practice of throwing a goat from the church bell-tower, saying: "This is not a pig. It is a goat."