Tuesday, December 23, 2008

China's animal of the year: Quake zone hero pig, "Zhu Jianqiang" or "Strong Pig"

Screenshot below, "Zhu Jianqiang" sure looked alright when he's rescued. The point of him "vividly illustrated the spirit of never giving up" and has become a model for Chinese entrepreneurs" is rather exaggerating, though. He survived the quake, but he should not survive the slaughterhouse. That's just unnatural to have a museum to 'nurture' this "Strong Pig".


A celebrity pig that survived for 36 days buried beneath rubble in quake-hit southwest China has been named the nation's animal of the year, state press reported.

The pig won the award in an online vote after his ordeal earned him celebrity status and a plush life as the top attraction at an earthquake museum, the China Daily said in a weekend report.

The pig, known as "Zhu Jianqiang" which means "Strong Pig", shot to fame after he was discovered alive beneath rubble, 36 days after the magnitude-8.0 earthquake struck Sichuan province on May 12.

The pig survived on rainwater and a bag of charcoal during his ordeal and was sold to the Jianchuan Museum, which agreed to nurture him for the rest of his life as a reminder of the nation's resilience in disaster.

Now free from the worry of the slaughterhouse, the pig enjoys a cushy life at the museum, the report said.

"It's gotten fatter and lazier by the day," the paper quoted a museum staff member as saying.

"We used to take it out for a walk every morning and afternoon, but now it's too lazy -- and too fat -- to do it. So we're feeding it only twice a day."

According to the Red Net forum, the website that held the online vote, the two-year old pig "vividly illustrated the spirit of never giving up" and has become a model for Chinese entrepreneurs" amid the current economic downturn.

From Yahoo!, "Quake zone hero pig named China's animal of the year".

1 comment:

jabo said...

2007 is the Chinese Red Female Pig Year - Red being equivalent to the element of Fire, and Female because 2007 is a Yin Fire year.

The Pig is the 12th and final sign of the Chinese Zodiac and the New Year begins on the 18th February. 2006 was the year of the Fire Dog and was a year of structure. This year will focus on making things comfortable and finishing off unfinished projects and achieving goals. The year of the Fire Pig is meant to be auspicious bringing good fortune and prosperity. It is an excellent year to marry and have children. However it will not be a peaceful year, wars and natural disasters, particularly those connected to fire and water such as bushfires, volcanos, floods and tsunamis will occur causing the economy to blow hot and cold. Rising real estate prices will continue and homeowners and builders will do well. Fire Pig is well known for luck in money and speculation, particularly for those who share and do good deeds for the poor.new age