Thursday, 28. August 2014
04. 07. 14. - 13:00
A second two headed pig has been born within a week in China, sparking a bidding war from tourism parks keen to have the animal as a fresh attraction for visitors.
Only last week a Chinese farmer cashed in after selling off a mutant piglet with two mouths and two noses to a man who said he planned to put it on display to the public.
Farmer Sying Hou, 58, who has been a pig breeder in Yunlin in Taiwan for 30 years said it was the second time he had ended up with a mutant piglet in one of his litters.
He said: "Most farmers like me know that these mutants don't tend to live long and they are generally not worth trying to keep alive. The last time round I did what most people do and just let nature take its course. But this time round after there was a story. People rang up offering me money, and I realised that actually these piglets can fetch an amazing amount of money."
And now a second piglet has been born in Wangyuan Village in Chengguan Township in north-west China's Shaanxi Province, also with two mouths, but this time also with three eyes instead of two.
The owner Tang Lei, 53. said: "Often these mutant piglets are weaker than their brothers and sisters but this piglet which was one of a litter of 12 was actually just as strong as the others in the litter. It drinks and squeals from both mouths, and have had a lot of visitors who have said it looks very cute, and others have offered a lot of money to buy it.
He added: "The only thing that surprised me was that the mother pig refused to feed it, so we have to bottle feed it. Normally piglets like this would have been killed at birth because nobody wants to eat corrupted meat, but they felt really good money now in freak shows."
Professor Cheng Li, 55, from the Chinese Agricultural University said: "It is rare to see this sort of piglet surviving longer than the embryonic period. It may seem healthy however I doubt from experience that it will live that long."
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