Chinese pig that survived 36 days under quake debris

June 23rd, 2008 - 5:24 pm ICT by IANS  

Beijing, June 23 (RIA Novosti) A pig, which survived 36 days under the rubble of a collapsed pig farm in the devastating May 12 earthquake in southeast China, was bought by a local museum, the Shanghai Daily newspaper reported Monday. The toll in the 8.0 magnitude quake, the biggest to hit China in three decades, killed some 70,000 people, with 17,000 reported missing.

The pig, dubbed Zhu Jianqiang which means Mr. Strongwill, was rescued by soldiers June 17.

Veterinarian doctors were amazed that the porker, who lost 100 kg in weight during its ordeal, managed to survive at all, as previously it is thought pigs could only last for around five days without food or water.

Strongwill, who normally consumes 30 kg water and food every day, is believed to have survived on charcoal in a tiny space less than half a metre. It was unable to move, which allowed it to save energy.

Around four million pigs in Sichuan, which is China’s main pork-producing region, are believed to have died in the earthquake.

There are no plans to slaughter Strongwill, who will spend the rest of his days at the museum which bought the animal for $434.

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