August 13, 2012

Killed by a Pig

At Galway on Sunday night a child named Mullins was, during the absence of its parents, attacked by a pig.  Its throat and chest were so lacerated that it died in a short time.  The pig dragged the child out of the house by the throat into the street.  This is the second fatal accident of the kind at Galway within a month.  (Yorkshire Post, December 2nd, 1873)


  1. "Its"? Not very compassionate reporting in those days...

  2. The term "its" was typically used by reporters of the era when the gender of the person being reported about was unknown.

    I'm more aghast over the fact this was the second fatal pig attack in a month.