The story of Mr Beck's clever pigs
On 4 December 1934 floods hit Victoria in Australia. Mr and Mrs Beck and their seven children, who lived in the old Walhalla Road near Moe, were forced to move out of their home and take shelter in the pig sties when the flood waters started to come in. They stayed there for two nights and a day until the flood waters receded. When they returned to their house they found that 14 milking cows and four young cattle had been sheltering in the wash house where they had drowned. Six others had perished in different parts of the house. Another animal had climbed into Mr Beck's motor truck and died with its front feet through the driving wheel. However, elsewhere, a lady called Mrs. Austin believed that she had lost all but one of her 40 pigs, but to her amazement she found two live pigs in the bathroom. Twenty-one other pigs were found alive in the boughs of some pine trees. Perhaps pigs can fly! Another man found his pigs on the top of a haystack, into which they had burrowed to escape the flood.