A freshly castrated pig has had his bacon saved by good Samaritans after he escaped from a car trailer and ran free on streets close to Parliament House on Wednesday afternoon.
Alfie, a rescue pig currently being cared for by the RSPCA, broke free from his confines while being driven through the inner south still groggy after being desexed at a Bungendore vet.
He escaped his trailer as it was driving around State Circle.
He managed to avoid being hit by oncoming cars, all thanks to the actions of nearby drivers.
Occupants of a car travelling behind the trailer carrying Alfie, along with some other passers-by, stopped to help lead the more than 100-kilogram pig to safety.
Alfie's escape attracted calls to radio and reports on social media of a pig on the loose. When confirming the story, RSPCA ACT chief executive Michelle Robinson said the pig was doing well despite a day of adventure and ordeal.
"Alfie was a bit dazed at the time and walked to lie down under a tree," Ms Robinson told The Canberra Times.
"Staff were able to get Alfie and check him out and bring him back to the shelter and to be sedated.
"They did a preliminary vet check and he was a bit grazed and but he looks OK and there was no serious injury."
Alfie has been looked after by RSPCA staff for several months after the pig was rescued by animal inspectors.
Animals up for adoption by the RSPCA normally undergo a de-sexing operation, although Ms Robinson said more specialised vet help was needed for Alfie.
"We do all the de-sexing for cats and dogs and rabbits at the shelter, but because Alfie is a more than 100-kilogram pig, we needed to call in colleagues who specialise in that sort of work," Ms Robinson said.
"Alfie has been with us here for a few months and we have been trying to get rehomed.
"We do have an interested party, and that was why we needed to make sure the surgery was done so we can get him a new home."
Ms Robinson said if the passers-by didn't stop to help, the situation could have been much worse.
"We are really grateful, because it could have been a horrible situation," Ms Robinson said.