Tuesday, 25. November 2014
08. 05. 14. - 16:00
A farmer's crazy idea to give his pigs something to do to alleviate boredom by teaching them to dive has now become one of the latest fads in China.
Chinese pig farmer Huang Demin, 32, of Ningxiang county in China's Hunan province, discovered that giving the pigs a fun reason to exercise makes them happier, and taste an awful lot better.
It has long been recognised that pigs unlike other animals like cattle or sheep are extremely intelligent and in Europe for example it is now the law that they even need to be given toys to play with to keep them from getting bored.
The idea of giving them a diving board was the Chinese equivalent, and farmer Huang argued that the pigs were not only happier but also healthier – less often coming down with disease.
But now his idea for improving the lives of his pigs has become a major tourist attraction at several places around China, such as this recreational park in the town of Donglu near Wenchang City in southern China, where special pig diving boards have been created.
The larger pigs are expected to make a bigger splash and also to dive from heights of up to 5 metres, while the smaller pigs that are getting used to diving can jump from lower heights such as a 3 metre or 1 metre board.
And visitors cannot seem to get enough of the daily spectacle on the purpose-built pig diving boards.
One, Hui Lin, 38, said: "It’s just too funny for words, I never heard of such a thing as pig diving, so we decide we had to come to have a look for ourselves."
Although few of the pigs seem to enjoy diving at the start, and often need to be forced into the water, the trainers say that after a few attempts they soon get used to it and eventually can't get enough of the sport.
As for the pig Farmer Huang, he says that he can sell the meat from his diving happy pigs for three times the price of a normal pig.
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