An animal rescue centre said it had to go undercover to save 15 pigs headed for slaughter.They were advertised by a farmer who was selling up in Cambridgeshire.
Fenland Animal Rescue's Joshua Flanagan posed as a farmer to get the asking price down from £1,400 to £800, raised by crowdfunding.
Farm owner Emma Wallis said there was no need for the centre to go undercover and that they just needed a quick sale ahead of moving home.
Danielle Page, a pig lover, spotted the advert and when she was told the price began a Go Fund Me page calling on Fenland Animal Rescue to help her out.
"I had to do something to save them," she said.