Chinese Acclaim Pig's Will to Survive 36 Days under Quake Ruins
June 25, 2008 | 3,766
The pig, who has a name 'Zhu Jianqiang' (aka 朱坚强 or Strongwill Pig), weighed nearly 330lbs at the time of the earthquake on May 12, had lost two-thirds of its weight when found last week (36 days after quake).
The one-year-old pig survived on water and a bag of charcoal that had been buried alongside it in the ruins of Pengzhou city, in Sichuan province.
Although charcoal has no nutritional value, it is not toxic either and it filled the pig up, the newspaper said.
The curator of the local Jianchuan Museum has already bought the pig for 3,008 yuan (£218). The price was originally 3,000 yuan, with an extra eight yuan added "for good luck".
The museum will keep it for the rest of its life "as a living symbol of the earthquake disaster" and has named the animal "Zhu Jianqiang," which means "Strong Pig".
Its original owner, Wan Xingming, had given up the beast for dead, but when he heard that soldiers were going to clean up the rubble around his house on June 17, he rushed back to warn them that the dead pig could be infectious.
That is when the skinny porker was pulled out of the rubble.
Source: Telepgraph UK