While there may no Olympics this summer, that doesn’t mean that there are no high-adrenaline sports to enjoy out in the Chinese countryside.
Recently, China News Service reporters paid a visit to the southern suburbs of Shenyang where they talked to a farmer-turned-diving-instructor who was forcing his pigs to take the plunge off a makeshift diving board with the help of a wooden stick.
For the benefit of his hogs’ health, the farmer had built a pair of diving boards. One, about 1 meter above the water’s surface, is for young and inexperienced piglets, while the other, towering around 3 meters above the water, is for the pros, weighing in at over 100 pounds.
We were first enthralled by this unusual sport back in 2012 thanks to Huang Demin, a humble Hunan pig farmer who has turned his small farm into a local tourist attraction. While too much water is obviously not good for pigs, a little bit is apparently just what the animals need to live a happy and healthy life.
Huang says that swimming both improves a pig’s immune system and provides it with exercise, increasing the quality, taste and price of the pork. Meanwhile, the makeshift diving board presumably adds some extra panache.
[Images via ChinaNews]
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