Drunk pig that started fight with a cow dies in car accident

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A BOOZY feral pig that shot to international fame after drinking 18 cans of beer, starting a fight with a cow and causing chaos at an Australian campsite has died in a car accident.

Local authorities confirmed that "Swino" had recently been hit by a passing vehicle in a remote stretch of the northern Pilbara region of Western Australia, adding that he had been identified by distinctive markings on the back of his ears.

It is not known if Swino had been drinking before the accident.

Last month the boorish porker went on a drunken rampage at the DeGrey River campsite in Port Hedland after stealing and drinking three six-packs of beer that had been left unguarded.

After the pig drank the alcohol, events took a somewhat predictable turn with Swino starting a fight with a cow, demolishing nearby tents and rubbish bins in his hunt for a midnight snack, recklessly swimming into the middle of a river, before eventually collapsing underneath a log.

One camper identified by ABC News as Merida said: "It was in the middle of the night. These people camping opposite us heard this crunching of cans. They got their torch out and shone it on the pig and there he was scrunching away at their cans."

She added: "Then he went on and raided their rubbish that they had sort of covered over with a bin as well… And then there was some other people camped right on the river and they saw him running around their vehicle being chased by a cow.

Merida added: "The people that were camped on the river went across and crept up on it and it was hiding and sleeping under a big log right on the edge of the water."

In the aftermath of the incident, campers were reminded to securely store any food and drink while staying in the area.

There are anywhere between 3.6 and 23.5 million pigs Australia, according to recent estimates.

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