A group of Vietnamese pot-bellied may have been abandoned on the Sierra of Santa Pola, with one young piglet unable to be saved by volunteers due to last weekend’s high temperatures.

Members of Proyecto Cuatro Patas (Project Four Paws) have been combing the high ground above Santa Pola in search of other pigs who have proven to be a popular pet for some people, with more cases of the breed being found abandoned in recent years in rural areas of Alicante Province.