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Pig Leads Police on Merry Chase

The pursuit was short -- but so was the suspect. She had a round belly and pink skin, and her body was covered with short, wiry hairs.

Santa Monica police took Sophie the pig into custody without incident Wednesday afternoon after officers received multiple calls about a hog "roaming" a neighborhood, the department said.

As the Police Department said in a post on its Facebook page: "This doesn't happen every day in Santa Monica."

Park rangers and officers searched the area after several residents spotted the meandering swine, the post said. They safely captured her and took her to the Santa Monica Animal Shelter.

Officials said Thursday that Sophie's owner had been located and she will soon be heading home, the post said.

Police also revealed how the pursuit began.

"In case you're wondering," the post said, "Sophie was visiting a friend's house when she escaped."

It remains unclear if the piggy will stay home.

Awkward Family Photos at Clifornia Heritage Museum

The art world just got a whole lot more awkward.

The California Heritage Museum in Santa Monica will play host an exhibition of America's most cringeworthy family photographs.

It features a swag of select snapshots from the Awkward Family Photos website, with the showing opening March 28 and going through until July 27.

'It's about celebrating the family experience and shining a light on all of those deliciously awkward moments that come with the price of family membership,' said creators and childhood friends, Mike Bender and Doug Chernack.

Admission to the museum is $8, while the site you can see for free. But as an extra incentive, for fans who want a more interactive experience, there's an option to take your own awkward family photo.


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