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It Turns Out the Stuffed Pig Abandoned at a Train Station is a Real Prize

Instead of bringing home the bacon from the Ventura County Fair, it appears someone left the prize pig at the Metrolink train station

A giant stuffed pig found at a Southern California train station is a carnival prize that was apparently too much to handle.

The porker nicknamed Petunia by deputies filled a sheriff's pickup when deputies removed it from the Metrolink station in Camarillo on Tuesday.

The Ventura County Star went in search of its origins and ended up at the county fair. The trail led to a BB shooting gallery where fairgoers win a prize if they obliterate a star on a paper target.

Booth worker Jonathan "JC" Costa remembered the girl who succeeded. She first claimed a giant stuffed dragon but discovered it had a hole and traded it in for the pig.

"She was a pretty good shot," Costa told the Star. "When she won, she told the person she was with, 'I told you I could do it!'"

The girl apparently rode the train to Camarillo and got into a rideshare, abandoning the pig because it wouldn't fit.

A Metrolink spokesman told the Star that had Petunia been left on the train, she likely would have ended up at Los Angeles' Union Station. Items left on trains usually end up in the station's lost and found.

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