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Hogzilla
June 17, 2004 Guide Chris Griffin bags a legendary pig known as Hogzilla that was killed after it wandered out of swamps along the Alapaha River. The river has long been a haven for swine that escape local pig farms and begin to live off the land. The land where the pig (technically, it was a hog) was shot is in Berrien County near the town of Alapaha, Georgia.
  Hogzilla
  Berrien County, Georgia
November 13, 2004 Residents of rural Alapaha, Georgia (Berrien County), hold a festival celebrating Hogzilla, the legendary 1,000-pound hog.
  Hogzilla
  Berrien County, Georgia
March 20, 2005 National Geographic documentary confirms the existance of Hogzilla, a giant pig discovered in the vicinity of Alapaha, Georgia. Experts estimate the pig to be 8 feet in length and 800 pounds, having exhumed the body.
  Hogzilla
  Berrien County, Georgia


The town of Alapaha, Georgia will probably never be the same. Following the pig's demise in 2004, word quickly spread from the tiny town (2000 population 682) in Berrien County east of I-75 between Tifton and Willacoochee on U. S. Highway 82, quickly attracting the attention of hundreds of news organizations around the world. The first question asked was "Is this another Internet hoax," quickly followed with "What kind of gun did he use?" (it was a 30.06).

Department of Natural Resources biologist Kent Kammermeyer, who helped write a booklet on feral-hog problems in the state told Our Georgia History that he has never heard of one as large as Hogzilla. The largest pig shot on the plantation where Chris Griffin worked was 695 pounds.

Alapaha quickly became the destination for the Sasquatch set, trying to find out if there was a real pig or was it simply somebody good with Photoshop. Respected National Geographic magazine sent a team of pig specialists to study the remains, which were exhumed. The scientists concluded that the picture was no hoax and that the tiny city could lay claim to at least 3 North American "pig" records (the animal was technically a hog).




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