Sunbathing Pig Causes Highway Traffic Jam in New Zealand

Watch out for pigs during your morning commute. A pig that has been on the loose for more than two weeks in New Zealand caused a serious delay on a major highway in the country.

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency posted on Twitter that the westbound lanes of the State Highway 16 highway, near the Te Atatū Rd off-ramp, were blocked due to an “animal control issue” on the morning of August 1, 2023.

Police and Animal Management West teams confirmed the cause of the blockage was an attempt to capture a loose pig that has been spotted wandering in the Auckland area on multiple occasions over the past two weeks.

“The pig was ‘sunbathing’ in a bush area next to the motorway but upon our arrival it disappeared into the bush and our staff left the site at 11 a.m.,” Aaron Neary, Auckland Council’s Animal Management West team leader, said.

The last time the pig was spotted running on the highway was on July 22. Officials have set up a trap near the highway and the pig has been caught on camera approaching the trap but the animal has yet to make its way inside.