Road Hogs - Hundreds of pigs released in the New Forest for Pannage

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Pictured: A pig foraging in the verge next to the B3079 near Brook.<br />
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Hundreds of pigs have been let loose in the ancient New Forest national park to gobble up fallen acorns which are poisonous to other animals. <br />
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The quirky tradition involves swine roaming the Hampshire woodland to clear it of the fruit which can be fatal to the famous ponies and cattle. <br />
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Commoners released their herds today marking the beginning of the annual event known locally as Pannage. <br />
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They will spend 60 days rummaging around the 70,000 acre forest before being rounded up in November.