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Title: Chookie: the pig who almost ran for Mayor of Alice Springs
Name: Hubber, Brian
My Story: This story started when Brian Hubber of the Northern Territory Library appealed to ABC Radio listeners in Alice Springs for them to send their unwanted election ephemera to the Library. In the course of the interview with Emma Haskin, Brian was asked about unusual items in the collection. He mentioned a small flier "Save Our Bacon Vote 1 Chookie". He believed it came from local government elections in Alice Springs, but that's all he knew about it. It turns out that the flier referred to a pet pig Chookie owned by the Kilgariff family. But Chookie was no ordinary pet -- he was a 400-kilogram Berkshire-Tamworth cross who had got into the habit of roaming the streets, following the Kilgariff's cat and dog. He was even known to ride the school bus occasionally, much to the delight of the kids. All this activity brought Chookie to the attention of council who decided that Chookie was not a proper domestic animal to have in town, but the NT's Chief Medical Officer saved the day, decreeing that Chookie was an acceptable domestic animal. It might have been around this time that the Kilgariff's thought about running Chookie for Mayor -- the relevant Act didn't seem to preclude the possibility. Perhaps the Library's election flier is the only evidence for this Mayoral campaign. Chookie also starred in the feature-length movie "Welcome to Woop-Woop" for which he was paid $3,000 and which he promptly donated to the RSPCA. And why was a pig called Chookie? Apparently, Chookie was in fact Chookie 2. The first Chookie was purchased by the Kilgariff's as a piglet for the price of a cooked chook -- hence the name Chookie.
Use and Restrictions: StoryNT Agreement
Place: Alice Springs
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