While Mainland China media outlets are using headlines such as “Pigs Forced to Commit Suicide,” this is not exactly the situation. Huang Demin, a pig farmer from Ningxiang County, Hunan Province, has come up with a unique way of enhancing the flavor of his pigs.
Every day, he herds his pigs to the top of a high diving platform where they take a leap of faith into a pond six meters below before swimming to shore.
Bringing home the bacon
No, this is not a training camp for a new aquatic animal event; rather, as farmer Huang explained:
“Pigs diving exercise, ⌈is⌉ to improve the immune system of pigs, ⌈this⌉ increases the pig’s food intake and growth rate, ⌈and also⌉ improves the quality and taste of ⌈the⌉ pork.”
Farmer Huang told local news outlets that after his “diving and swimming exercises,” the price of his pork has increased almost three times.
As news of the high diving pigs has spread, Huang Demin’s farm and pond have become a local tourist attraction, with curious onlookers snapping selfies as they cheer on their favorite aquatic competitor.
News of the athletic pigs has also spread throughout social media, with netizens posting their thoughts:
“No wonder the Chinese diving team in unbeatable, even pigs in the country are able to dive.”
Someone jokingly tweeted:
”It’s hard to be a person these days, but it’s not easy to be a pig either! I would like to come back as a pig in the next life.”
Watch the high-flying action in this video:
Translated by Chew BK.
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