Going the whole hog! Chinese town celebrates nine-year-old 'pig king' that weighs a whopping 2,073 pounds with a massive parade
A 'pig king' challenge was held on Tuesday in Sichuan province to usher in the upcoming Chinese New Year
Incredible photos and footage show a group of 24 men straining to carry the cage holding the 148-stone hog
Its proud caretaker at the farm said the pig has an arrogant attitude and a bad temper but is in excellent health
By Kelsey Cheng For Mailonline (UK)
9 January 2019
A giant 2,073-pound hog was crowned 'Pig King' at a contest in south-west China this week.
The male pig's big win was celebrated in a massive parade following the challenge, which was held on Tuesday in Meishan city, Sichuan province to usher in the upcoming Chinese New Year - also the Year of the Pig.
Incredible photos and video footage show a group of 24 men straining to carry the cage holding the 148-stone hog.
The nine-year-old pig, which belonged to a farm owned by Chengdu-based Yuan Baofeng Agricultural Group, is the heaviest pig in Renshou county.
Its proud caretaker, surnamed Liu, told Cover News the pig has an arrogant attitude and a bad temper, but is in excellent health despite its relatively old age. Pigs that are well cared for can live an average lifespan of 15 years.
In 2010, the farm selected a group of pigs - including the 'Pig King' - to undergo a trial to test the microbial waste degradation technology developed by the company.
The experiment aims to determine how heavy a pig could grow and how long it could live without being slaughtered, according to the report.
As a result, the pig's weigh slowly climbed over the years and he was never sick, Liu said.
'It's very rare to see such a healthy and heavy pig,' he said. In comparison, an average adult pig weighs around 308 pounds.
The 'Pig King' is also scheduled to star in a CCTV agriculture programme that will be aired during the Chinese New Year period, the report said.
The farm is not going to sell the massive animal and will donate its carcass to the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences for research when it dies, company spokesperson Yang Maozhong told reporters.
Sichuan province is China's biggest pig-farming region, slaughtering 69 million pigs in 2016...
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