Oh the Humanity: Taxi Plows into Pike Place Piggy

By Dave Fox

Dave and his pal, travel photographer Dominic Arizona Bonuccelli show some love to Lucy the Pig on one of her better nights. Photo by Lesley Stein.

Rachel the Pig, the iconic, bronze mascot of Seattle’s Pike Place Market, is in critical condition tonight after a runaway taxi plowed into her early this morning.

Witnesses say the driver was stopped at the corner of First Avenue and Pike Street around 2:30 a.m. when his taxi was rear-ended by another car. At that point, the taxi driver freaked out, hit the gas, and went careening into Rachel.

Rachel was airlifted to the Seattle Center for Piggy Bank Rehabilitation. Medics kept her breathing during the 17-minute flight through mouth-to-snout resuscitation. Doctors say Rachel then underwent three hours of surgery to restore the curl in her tail. She is now oinking on her own.

Rachel has collected thousands of dollars in donations to the market each year through a slot in her back. Doctors are optimistic she will make a full recovery. Market officials warn, however, that visitors to the nearby Flying Fish stall, which reopened this weekend after several weeks of renovation, should be on the lookout for flying strips of brass bacon if Rachel does not pull through.

Published on Sunday, February 6, 2011

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