A 200-lb pig named Dominic -- otherwise known as "Fireman Ham" -- is retiring from his role as an assistant at the Avon Fire & Rescue Service in southwest England, after becoming too good at his job. The pig has been with the fire department for the past two years, since he was rescued by a local animal shelter following the death of his owner. According to the Western Daily Press, Dominic's initial response to living at the HorseWorld animal welfare charity gave staffers a good idea about how the pig might contribute to the public good:
After several attempts to break free from his new home, keepers decided the 200lb animal would be the perfect candidate to teach fire crews how to handle escaped animals.
Dozens of firefighters have since taken part in Dominic's ‘escapology' lessons, which involve simulating rescue situations and moving him safely around the farm.
But Dominic has learned too well where he's supposed to go and no longer poses a challenge to firefighters on practice runs. Still, Gary Weeks, Avon's head of animal rescue, says Dominic has been a huge help in preparing rescue teams to save other animals from potential disasters: