Oinks Custody Battle

An animal lover who says he was not in his right mind when he gave away his beloved pet water buffalo – Oink – has lost a legal bid for return of the animal. John Kirby, 51, had kept one-and-a-half ton Oink in a field in the village of Darley Abbey, Derby, for years when he began suffering mental health problems in 2006. Unable to properly look after the beast, he signed it away to a friend, Katherine Moore, also from the village.

An animal lover who says he was not in his right mind when he gave away his beloved pet water buffalo - Oink - has lost a legal bid for return of the animal. John Kirby, 51, had kept one-and-a-half ton Oink in a field in the village of Darley Abbey, Derby, for years when he began suffering mental health problems in 2006. Unable to properly look after the beast, he signed it away to a friend, Katherine Moore, also from the village.

An animal lover who says he was not in his right mind when he gave away his beloved pet water buffalo - Oink - has lost a legal bid for return of the animal. John Kirby, 51, had kept one-and-a-half ton Oink in a field in the village of Darley Abbey, Derby, for years when he began suffering mental health problems in 2006. Unable to properly look after the beast, he signed it away to a friend, Katherine Moore, also from the village.

An animal lover who says he was not in his right mind when he gave away his beloved pet water buffalo - Oink - has lost a legal bid for return of the animal. John Kirby, 51, had kept one-and-a-half ton Oink in a field in the village of Darley Abbey, Derby, for years when he began suffering mental health problems in 2006. Unable to properly look after the beast, he signed it away to a friend, Katherine Moore, also from the village.

An animal lover who says he was not in his right mind when he gave away his beloved pet water buffalo - Oink - has lost a legal bid for return of the animal. John Kirby, 51, had kept one-and-a-half ton Oink in a field in the village of Darley Abbey, Derby, for years when he began suffering mental health problems in 2006. Unable to properly look after the beast, he signed it away to a friend, Katherine Moore, also from the village.