Farmer ‘eaten by own pigs’ as horrified neighbours discover bones in his yard

A pig farmer is feared to have been devoured by his own pigs after he vanished from his farm in Poland leaving just bones.

The man in his 70s lived alone on his farm in Osiek, Lower Silesia, and hadn't been seen since late December.

He was likely eaten by the animals between December 31 and January 8, the Gazeta Wrocławska newspaper reported.

The elderly farmer had long been abusing alcohol, and when police were called they found his pigs out of their pigsty and wandering freely around the farmyard.

Magdalena Serafin, prosecutor for the surrounding district, told the Gazeta the man was last seen alive on New Year's Eve.

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At the time, he was reportedly fetching water from a well, which was where his bones were discovered by a neighbour on January 8.

"We do not know the exact date, but in the period between December 31 and January 8the victim was eaten by pigs," Magdalena said.

Investigators said they haven't dealt with a similar case like this before, and believe it may be difficult to determine the exact cause of death.

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They believe he may have died of a heart attack, fallen over or collapsed.

Afterwards, the evidence indicates that his body was eaten by his pigs, who left only a few limb bones and skull fragments behind.

An autopsy has been scheduled for Monday this week and the findings are expected then.

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The farmer's animals will also be examined by a vet in order to find further clues as to whether or not they ate his body.

According to Polish media, the two large pigs and a "dozen or so" piglets he owned will most likely be put to sleep.

It isn't the first time a farmer has reportedly been eaten by his pigs.

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A man in Romania was found eaten alive by pigs after falling over in their pen and struggling to get back up when the beasts pounced.

Pigs are famously not picky about what they eat, particularly if desperate.

In 2018, a UK farm that supplies Tesco was found to contain cannibal pigs in horrifying undercover footage.

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