A bold barnyard breakout was thwarted yesterday when the staff of a Guangdong scenic area took up (toy) arms to round up four runaway pigs and bring the bacon back home.
The heart-pounding escape attempt took place at a typical tourist attraction near the city of Qingyuan in northwestern Guangdong province, where apparently pigs are one of the featured attractions. After their performance, instead of sticking to their prescribed route back to their pens, the disgruntled pigs trusted in their hamstrings and made an epic attempt for freedom. Sweet freedom!
Unfortunately, at least one of them must have squealed and the scenic spot’s staff reacted quickly, raiding the props closet for imitation bows, guns and other weapons of mass destruction and using them to corner the renegade swine.
As The Economist explained in detail last December, pigs are of vital national interest to China, but judging from the Shanghai Hog Wash of 2013 and more recent atrocities it’s pretty clear that they could use a little better treatment.
Last year in China, pigs responded to human cruelty with two audacious escape attempts (The Pork Shank Redemption I & II). Both failed. We will see if this is the year that one brave group of porkers actually manages to pull it off. Stranger things have happened.
by Alex Linder
[Images via China News]