The Inspiring Pig

Do you know pigs are rated as the fourth most intelligent animal after chimpanzees, dolphins and elephants? Trainers find pigs picking up tricks faster than dogs. After a piglet is born, the mother sow eats so much that its weight doubles within a week. (…can relate to this?)

These shots of pigs and piglets were taken during our Rajasthan tour. Not very great shots, I know.

But I was inspired to put these up after reading the story of a pig that survived the earthquake in China. The pig named Zhu Jianqiang or Strong-Willed Pig became celebrity after surviving for 36 days buried beneath rubble after this year’s Sichuan earthquake. It has been named China’s most inspirational animal of 2008.

The pig survived on just rainwater and a bag of charcoal and his weight had fallen from 150kg to just 50kg. He was sold by his owner to become an exhibit at a museum to commemorate the quake. The latest about this new celebrity is that “it has gotten fatter and lazier by the day and doesn’t even bother to lift its face to pose for the photographers.”

Wonder if those who are trying to reduce will catch on to the rainwater and charcoal diet! Read: The Benefits of Charcoal. Maiji, a veteran blogger has recounted how charcoal powder was once prescribed to her by a doctor to cure her of her stomach ailment.

Coincidentally this was the second straight victory for a pig: 2007’s winner was a sow that fought off a butcher trying to slaughter its “husband” mentions the China Daily.

(My sitemeter just recorded 10,000th visitor to my site. The esteemed reader was from New Delhi, arrived at my site with search words: Khichan. A BIG thanks to all my esteemed readers.)

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35 Responses

  1. Cuckoo says:

    First, congrats for the number.

    I, as an individual, do not like pigs at all but then all babies are beautiful. 🙂

  2. Charcoal and rainwater!

    Poor pig, no wonder he is ‘relaxing’ now.

  3. Congrats on your 10,000th visitor!

  4. richies says:

    Maybe that’s why I don’t eat pigs.

    An Arkie’s Musings

  5. From the words of Charlottes web…”That’s some Pig!”

    I must say they sure are cute as babies…just like kids (goat babies)!

  6. Congratulations on another entertaining and informative post, and on your milestone visitor!!

  7. Hi Indrani, I think I remember the story about the pig in China.

    Congratulations on your 10,000 visit. What a wonderful landmark.

    By the way, would you care to do a Sunday Roast interview? Just holler and let me know ….

  8. Riya says:

    Congrats on your 10,000 visit.. Well liked the pics. . Really didnt know so much bout pigs..

  9. Swarna says:

    A pig got its rightful place in Indrani’s blog – after PG Wodehose’s ‘Empress of Blandings’ – no one could have glorified this creature better.
    I too like to see piglets trundling around the sow.
    I probably could do with the rainwater and charcoal diet, but I am also glad that the rains are still a few months away… 😉

  10. Thanks all! How I agree all babies are cute. Swarna, I must read that book now. 🙂

    Thanks David, that will be an honor for me.

  11. Vamsee says:

    Interesting post. Pigs are considered auspicious in China, and they eat a LOT of it!!
    Congrats on the milestone.

  12. My home town Bharuch probably has the most number of pigs in the town. They wreck havoc on the roads, they come up suddenly and on a bike you are like break, stop, go no, slide OH NO !!!! And you are lying on the road with your bike thrown away only to find that the pig ran away unharmed and is no where to be seen !!!!


    We used to dread them when on a two wheeler !!!! However serves us right as we have taken away their places to live sadly

  13. thyme says:

    When I was young, I remember once or twice I was sick of eating too much at a party and my mother gave me little round charcoal tablets, they made the sickness pass. My mother said they absorbed the chemicals my stomach couldn’t cope with. I’m not sure if they are still available nowadays…

  14. Interesting story and pix.

    I played too 🙂

  15. ratmammy says:

    these are good photos!

  16. Mimi says:

    I love baby pigs & I love "meeting" people from other countries!

  17. Grammy says:

    I love your photos and did not know how smart they are.

    Have a wonderful week.

  18. When my son was just a year old, he got into a bottle of motion sickness pills. At the ER, they forced him to drink a huge glass of charcoal. It was horribly awful ~ but that’s what they used to make sure the medication was absorbed.

    The little baby pigs are so cute!

  19. George says:

    Very interesting. It sounds as if some pigs may be lucky as well as intelligent!

  20. Lakshmi says:

    Congrats! interesting and offbeat..think pigs and I remember PG Wodehose 🙂

  21. Oh i love baby pigs and yes they are smart, Yrs ago when my middle son was 5 yrs old, i went on a trail ride with a group, and after to the rodeo, they had a greased pig contest for the kids, my son caught the pig so we got to keep her. We named her Esmeralda.

  22. Dora says:

    Ha ha! The rating for intelligent animals is very interesting. Don;t know that pig is actually smarter than dog. What about cat? What is cat’s rating? 🙂

  23. congratz on the number of visitors!! That must be an interesting pig! Thanks for letting me know about them!!

  24. angela says:

    I think all animals are far more intelligent than we think. I’m gradually eating less and less meat and don’t eat pork at all.
    The baby pigs look like the wild boar we have here. Adorable as babies but ferocious as adults.

  25. Wonderful photos…I love piggies, they’re so darn cute.

  26. Dianne says:

    Happy 10,000!!!

    the pigs are very cute

  27. Hilary says:

    Congrats on all those hits to your site. Pigs are intelligent and cute. I might have to rethink my diet to exclude them. :]

  28. Kate says:

    Knowing that you have many visitors is a good feeling. As you mentioned, pigs may be brighter than dog, but I still prefer having a cuddly dog in my house rather than a pig!

  29. magiceye says:

    very interesting post!

    congratulations on the magic number! may there be plenty more milestones!

  30. Gattina says:

    Yes pigs are very intelligent when they are educated ! What an horrible story !

  31. Karen says:

    Interesting story !!

    Those baby pigs are cute 🙂

    The hubby walked by and caught sight of the pigs and is now standing behind me oinking. Grrrrrr!!

  32. bindu says:

    Pigs are intelligent and sensitive … so it’s appalling what they do to them in factory farms (especially in the US) that produce pork. It’s heartbreaking, really. Didn’t realize they could survive on so little for so long though!

  33. Congratulations Indrani!

    Thank you for for all the information that you churn out daily in such an interesting manner.

    Pigs are cute in their own way if we can deal with their “personal hygiene”. They love eating anything and love rollicking in the dirt. Cats are cleaner though.

    about the charcoal bit, I used to think my mother was wrong when she used to eat burnt toasts saying it is good for the stomach. I guess we got put off by those “cancer signs” that said anything burnt is bad for your health.

  34. lisaschaos says:

    What an interesting story. Yay pigs!

  35. Kat says:

    In George Orwell’s ANIMAL FARM story, the pigs were chosen to be the leaders..!!!

    I really don’t understand the concept of glorifying “..The esteemed reader from ND”

    A stone-cutter was pounding a stone continuously with his hammer, and his 100th stroke broke the stone….

    someone said that it wasn’t the 100th stroke that broke the record :)))))

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