Quirky actor Billy Bob Thornton once rescued his pet pig ALBERT from choking to death by performing the Heimlich manoeuvre.

The drama unfolded a few years ago after Thornton, ex-husband of stunning actress Angelina Jolie, fed his four-legged friend a big piece of chicken marsala.

He tells STUFF magazine, "He didn't even pretend to chew it. The whole thing went down, and the next thing you know, he's choking.

"I got him underneath his stomach - just like you see on television - and I kind of picked him up. I just kept squeezing and pumping him until it came out.

"The funny thing about it was, as soon as I pumped it out of him, he tried to get it again. It was like, 'Come on, man.'"

05/04/2004 20:58