NORTH LAS VEGAS — Rooting somewhere out in the bushes on Bob Combs’ suburban farm is a grouchy old character nicknamed Humphrey, who likes to eat grass and doesn’t take kindly to most people.
Humphrey happens to be a hog, a pot-bellied pig. He’s a full-time resident at one of the more unusual pig farms in America, and a feature story this week in the Los Angeles Times highlights RC Farms and its unique approach to food recycling.
For 50 years now, with a knee-slapping sense of humor straight out of the 1960s television show “Green Acres,” the gray-haired Combs has turned castoff food from local casinos into feed for his 2,500 pigs. The animals eventually go to market, and some end up right back on the casino buffet menu.
But not Humphrey.
The gray-haired beast and his mate showed up at the farm a year ago. Somebody just left the two pigs at Combs’ doorstep and drove off. Within days, they were family.