Man brings home the bacon

TAIPEI Wed Apr 1, 2009 2:42pm EDT

Blackfoot pigs approach a puddle at a farm in Amareleja in the southern Portuguese province of Alentejo April 23, 2008. REUTERS/Jose Manuel Ribeiro

Blackfoot pigs approach a puddle at a farm in Amareleja in the southern Portuguese province of Alentejo April 23, 2008.

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TAIPEI (Reuters) - A Taiwanese farmer has adopted 12 wild pigs as pets, training them to trot behind his motor scooter for miles and also to stop at traffic lights.

The pigs, all less than a year old, fall into line whenever Lee Tung-cheng lets them out of his rural Pingtung county yard and starts up his scooter. They go out together almost every day and know the rules of the road, he told Reuters on Wednesday.

Lee found the piglets about four months ago and plans to keep them rather than slaughter them.

"They're very smart and very well behaved," said Lee, 66. "The older they get, the better behaved they will be."

A photo in Taiwan's Liberty Times newspaper showed the black and brown piglets packed together trotting down a residential street as another scooter rider stops to look on.

Wild swine are common on farms in rural Taiwan.

(Reporting by Ralph Jennings; Editing by Miral Fahmy)

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