ROCKCASTLE COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - They say that pigs can't fly. But, on Tuesday a pig went flying across Interstate 75 near mile marker 59 in Rockcastle County.
Rockcastle County dispatchers received a call about a pig that was stranded in the median.
"I responded and found the pig there. It appeared to have a broken, left, front leg," says Deputy Sheriff, Matt Bryant, with the Rockcastle County Sheriff's Office.
Bryant says the pig now named, Lucky didn't appear to be in too much pain, "I know it sounds ridiculous but he looked like he wanted to live and I wanted to give him the opportunity to do that. He didn't appear to have been struck by a vehicle or anything of that nature. So, I thought, he might have a good chance."
Bryant cared for the pig until the Corbin rescue group, Justice for Abused Animals arrived. The group then brought Lucky to a sanctuary in Tennessee called the Pig Preserve. It is much different place than where Lucky was likely headed. "It appears that he was in a livestock sale. He had a sticker on him that is a common type of sticker used at livestock sales," adds Bryant.
Lucky is scheduled to have surgery on Thursday or Friday. Richard Hoyle, the Director of the Pig Preserve says it will cost around $600. He is hoping to raise enough money to pay the bill.
If you you would like to make a donation to help pay for Lucky's medical bill you can contact the finance office at the University of Tennessee Medical Center. You can tell the office that you'd like to make a make a donation in Lucky's name from the Pig Preserve.
Deputy Bryant says the pig earned his name, "He is definitely been named appropriately with the name Lucky. I look forward to him hopefully having a good report and living a good long life there at the Pig Preserve."
Bryant admits he was a pork eater but after saving lucky, he may be changing up his diet, "It might for a little while. It might give me a pause for a little bit on that I believe."
While the rescue groups are calling Deputy Bryant a hero, he says they are the ones deserving of the praise, "Certainly, there are people who are out making larger sacrifices.They were the heroes yesterday, certainly."