A Cloverdale couple was busy fielding media inquiries Wednesday from around the world after video went viral on the Internet of one of their pigs trying to eat a camera that fell from a plane carrying skydivers.
The one-minute, nine-second video depicts the GoPro Hero camera apparently coming loose from a skydiver who is preparing to jump from the plane.
The camera continues filming, recording its plummet into what turned out to be a livestock pen, where it remarkably survived impact and came to rest lens up and still recording.
The hilarious part is then watching one of Cort and Mia Munselle's pigs saunter over into frame and open its gaping mouth above the lens, in an apparent attempt to eat the device.
The video had garnered more than 2.5 million views on YouTube by Wednesday evening, and also aired on "Good Morning America," CNN and other farflung media outlets.
"I think it's so funny," said Mia Munselle, a Cloverdale hairstylist. "If people can get a good laugh from it, that's cool."
Cort Munselle, a Healdsburg civil engineer, and the couple's 7-year-old daughter, Eva, were gathering debris Sunday at the family's 15-acre ranch when they stumbled on an odd-looking device, which they at first mistook for trash.
Realizing it was a camera, they brought the device into the house and plugged it into a computer to see if it still worked. Amazingly, it did.
According to records kept on the camera, the last video depicting the plunge into the pigpen was shot eight months earlier on June 30.
Mia Munselle came home from the grocery store Sunday to find her husband at the computer. "You have to see this," he told her.
The couple uploaded the video to Mia's YouTube channel, which previously had only one other video showing Mia cutting hair. She said the couple's main intent was to let family and friends share in the fun. But by setting the privacy settings so that anyone could see it, the video quickly gained attention.