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Pet pigs prove true survivors after treading water in flood

Raylene Baulch from Stanwell with her pet pig Boo Boo, which survived the flash flood earlier in the year by treading water.
Raylene Baulch from Stanwell with her pet pig Boo Boo, which survived the flash flood earlier in the year by treading water. Chris Ison Rokcpig

"PIGS can't fly but they sure can swim."

Those were the words of Stanwell woman Raylene Baulch, whose two pet pigs Betty and Boo Boo trod water for hours in their pen as flood water rushed through their property in January this year.

Raylene's pigs are one of 25 unique stories about local people who experienced the floods that swept through the Central Queensland region first hand, which have been made into short videos by BushTV producer Tom Hearn.

Raylene said they were in Mount Morgan waiting to the floodwaters to recede from the road to enter their home, nervous about what they would find when they returned.

"Our property runs parallel with Cole Creek and we knew our house would be fine but we were worried about our pigs," she said.

"It sounds silly worrying about pigs when the people around us had lost everything, but when we finally got in to our home, I just remember tears rolling down my eyes thinking what are we going to find?

"But they were there; I thought they would have lost about five kilos each after all of it so they were a bit spoilt after that."

After the Flood is a BushTV digital story project and is funded by the Queensland Government through Creative Regions and AFLOAT, a Creative Recovery: Building Resilience initiative.

Topics:  central queensland documentary flooding mount morgan oswald



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