Two very resilient pigs have been rescued after having been trapped under rubble for 45 days in Sichuan province.
The farmhouse that the pigs called home was destroyed by the Yaan earthquake on April 20. Originally there were four pigs in the sty, however only the two had the strength to survive.
Global Times spoke to Li Deming, a local villager who assisted in the rescue effort.
Li explained he and his rescue team had come to the village to clear away rubble from the former village committee office and Yang’s sty on the morning of June 4. At midday, the team found two pigs that had died in the quake.
Then, one villager noticed a small concrete slab was moving. Upon removing the slab, they were all surprised to see a pig’s head stick out and shake of dust.
At first they tried to lure it out with food, but it was too weak so the team had to pull it out, which according to Li is when they found the second pig.
The pigs were in dire condition upon discovery, having lost nearly 30 pounds in the 45 days they were confined. The farmer who owned the pigs speculates that they survived by eating clay and drinking rainwater. He said “he had always maintained hope that maybe one of his pigs was still alive in there.” There is no word yet whether the farmer intends to butcher these pigs or let them live in peace as they deserve.
After all the bad pig-related news this year, it is nice to finally see something work out for our fat, pink, delicious friends.