Grumpy miracle pig voted China's most popular animal


  • World
  • Sunday, 21 Dec 2008

MYT 12:02:53 AM

BEIJING (Reuters) - A pig that survived 36 days buried in the rubble of May's massive Sichuan earthquake has been voted China's favourite animal, but the attention has made him fat, lazy and bad-tempered, state media said.

The hog, trapped in a sty after the 7.9 magnitude quake, was bought by a local businessman who was moved by its ordeal and named "Zhu Jianqiang", or "Strong Pig".

A pig, which was rescued after being buried for 36 days beneath rubble in quake-hit Sichuan province, is seen in Dayi county, Sichuan province in this July 1, 2008 file photo. (REUTERS/China Daily)

It survived by eating charcoal and drinking rainwater.

Now it has been voted top of an online poll of animals "who moved China" this year, the weekend edition of the China Daily said.

Other top animals included a dog that guarded its elderly owner when he was sick and accompanied him to hospital, and a cat that almost died of grief when its partner was run over by a car.

The pig "vividly illustrated the spirit of never giving up," the report cited the webmasters who ran the poll as saying.

People come from all over to see the pig at its new home in a museum, the newspaper said, but it was becoming increasingly spoiled and ungrateful.

"It's gotten fatter and lazier by the day," it quoted staff as saying. "We used to take it out for a walk every morning and afternoon, but it's too lazy -- and too fat -- to do it."

And the pig is getting fed up with visitors, after initially being quite friendly.

"Now it just blocks the door to its bedroom when there are too many visitors outside. It's been increasingly difficult for us to convince it to open the door," the report said.

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 1
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
Join our Telegram channel to get our Evening Alerts and breaking news highlights
   

Next In World

Brazil senators call for records of Bolsonaro's internet activity
Haiti crippled by fuel shortages as gang leader demands prime minister resign
U.S. announces international crackdown on DarkNet opioid trafficking
Poland to upgrade army using funding methods first deployed to fight COVID
Myanmar says absence from ASEAN summit due to "denial" of junta officials
Southeast Asian leaders rebuke Myanmar junta for summit no-show
Swedish death toll in COVID-19 pandemic passes 15,000
In Kabul children's hospital, medics struggle with staff shortages
Myanmar's Suu Kyi denies junta charge of incitement to cause alarm - media
Activists disrupt Paris climate finance meeting before COP26

Others Also Read


Vouchers