The website of the hour is MonsterPig.com, which tells the story of 11-year-old Jamison Stone of Alabama, who allegedly bagged a 1,051-pound, 9-foot-long wild hog with a .50 caliber pistol.
"If the claims are accurate," says the Associated Press playing it safe by prefacing its coverage with a big, fat "if" that would make Stone's monster pig even bigger and heftier than the legendary "Hogzilla," the massive porker felled three years ago in Georgia (and soon to be the subject of a major motion picture). Though the hunter who killed Hogzilla claimed the behemoth weighed over 1,000 pounds and measured 12 feet from snout to tail, a postmortem conducted by National Geographic determined it was actually no more than about 7 1/2 feet long and weighed 800 pounds at most.
"Monster pig" skeptics several of whom have already contacted me to vent their incredulity note that in the widely-circulated photograph showing Jamison Stone crouched behind the carcass of his monster pig, the perspective could have easily been fudged to make the beast appear larger than it really was. It's too late to call in the National Geographic folks, unfortunately, because Jamison's father has already sent the head to a taxidermist for mounting and the rest has been ground up for pork sausage.
Monster Pig Updates:
Monster Pig wasn't really a feral hog, say former owners
Rhonda and Phil Blissitt of Fruithurst, Alabama say the hog killed by Jamison Stone on May 3 at the Lost Creek Plantation hunting preserve was raised on their farm from the age of six weeks and went by the name of Fred. (Anniston Star)
Wildlife officials say hunt was legal
"A lot of people might have issues with the thing, but there were no laws broken," says Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division enforcement chief Allan Andress. (Associated Press)
Monster Pig skull offered as proof story is true
Bleached skull was returned to Jamison Stone by taxidermist Jerry Cunningham, who says "I know it was a 1,000-pound hog. It was that big. No doubt." (NBC News)
Fox News interview with Jamison Stone and dad
"Well, I'll tell you," says Mike Stone, "there has been a lot to do made about those pictures. The pictures are untouched pictures. They are the pictures that we took. The pictures are as they were. There was nothing done to those pictures at all." (Fox News)
Monster Pig photo a hoax, says "Stinky Journalism" website
"Evidence collected by Stinky Journalism indicates that the photos, which ran on televisions and newspapers throughout the world, are not the straightforward snapshots they seem but fakes." (StinkyJournalism.org)
• Legend Grows Around 'Hogzilla' - Associated Press
• The Mystery of Hogzilla Solved - ABC News
• Legendary Hogzilla to Be Portrayed in Horror Flick - USA Today
• Son of Hogzilla - Netlore Archive