"It seemed a bit harsh to arrest the pig for criminal damage."
In the space of a four weeks, Merlin had learned 10 tricks including sit, jump, twirl, kiss, shake, high-five and wait.
After becoming a much loved figure in the community, a group of 10 animal lovers intervened at the eleventh hour to rescue the pig.
Scientists examined recordings of more than 7,000 pig grunts to decipher the animals' emotions
"Alice will jump on Francisco's back and you can tell he likes it."