MARMET, W.Va. -- Volunteers are searching the woods for Wilbur the potbellied pig, but his family doesn't have much hope that he is alive.
Wilbur has been missing from his home near Marmet since about 5:30 p.m. Friday. He is black with a pink nose and weighs 40 pounds.
He was just 6 weeks old when he was adopted last August by Mia and Larry Clark and their three children, Arielle 16, Tony, 13, and Meela, 6. His former family found him to be too much of a handful.
"A baby pig is needy," Mia said. "It needs to be cuddled and cradled. A couple in Boone County knew that I rescued animals. My husband went and got him. I became his mommy."
Wilbur fit nicely into the Clark household and got along well with everyone, including several dogs the family fosters. He declined to eat pig food, but instead enjoyed dog food, fruit, vegetables and Oreo cookies.
He stayed inside the house and would only go outside with the dogs.
On Friday evening, the family heard a gunshot close to their home and went to investigate. They brought the dogs inside but Wilbur was missing. However, they found a pool of blood not far from their home.
As Mia and Larry left to take their youngest to gymnastics, they saw a stranger walking along and stopped to ask him about the pig. He said he was just a hunter but refused to give his name. The couple told him he was on private property, had fired a gun close to their home and that he was not welcome on the property.