Do you know pigs are rated as the fourth most intelligent animal after chimpanzees, dolphins and elephants? Trainers find pigs picking up tricks faster than dogs. After a piglet is born, the mother sow eats so much that its weight doubles within a week. (…can relate to this?)
These shots of pigs and piglets were taken during our Rajasthan tour. Not very great shots, I know.
But I was inspired to put these up after reading the story of a pig that survived the earthquake in China. The pig named Zhu Jianqiang or Strong-Willed Pig became celebrity after surviving for 36 days buried beneath rubble after this year's Sichuan earthquake. It has been named China's most inspirational animal of 2008.
The pig survived on just rainwater and a bag of charcoal and his weight had fallen from 150kg to just 50kg. He was sold by his owner to become an exhibit at a museum to commemorate the quake. The latest about this new celebrity is that “it has gotten fatter and lazier by the day and doesn’t even bother to lift its face to pose for the photographers.”
Wonder if those who are trying to reduce will catch on to the rainwater and charcoal diet! Read: The Benefits of Charcoal. Maiji, a veteran blogger has recounted how charcoal powder was once prescribed to her by a doctor to cure her of her stomach ailment.
Coincidentally this was the second straight victory for a pig: 2007's winner was a sow that fought off a butcher trying to slaughter its “husband” mentions the China Daily.
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