Two very resilient pigs have been rescued after miraculously surviving for 45 days under the rubble of the major earthquake in Lushan County, Ya’an City, Sichuan Province in China on April 20.
The barn that the pigs called home was originally residence to four six-month-old pigs, but when the 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit, their owner assumed that there was no way any of them had survived.
Although life detectors used by a rescue team after the quake did in fact detect signs of life when surveying the site, the local villagers didn’t believe that any people were buried alive, so decided against digging up the area.
On June 4, an incredible 45 days after disaster had struck, Li Deming and his construction team headed to the site of the barn to clear the wreckage. Around midday, the team uncovered the remains of two pigs and speculated that the other two pigs would have met a similar fate.
It was shortly after this that one of the villages noticed a small concrete slab moving among the rubble. Upon moving the slab, everyone was surprised to see a pig stick out its head and shake off dust.
Too weak to be lured out with food, the workers pulled the pig out of the rubble, and that’s when they discovered the second pig that had also been stuck for well over a month inside this tiny little space.
The poor pigs were in a terrible condition, having lost nearly 30 pounds and were most likely suffering from extreme mental and physical shock. As reported in Global Times, Li commented “you could hardly call then pigs at all… they were just skeletons.” On seeing the pigweed, it didn’t take them long before they started digging in hungrily.
The owner surmised that the porcine companions survived their 45 day entrapment by eating dirt and drinking rainwater. ”Like us, pigs do not want to die,” Li said. “They have companions. They can talk to each other when bored.”
Animals going to incredible lengths to survive isn’t anything new, so it should come as no surprise that this duo of super pigs did whatever it took to make sure they made it out of that rubble alive.
It’s stories like these that act as a stark reminder of the unbelievable willpower and desire that animals possess to live, and leave us questioning once again whether or not it is ethical to put sentient beings such as these pigs, who clearly understand and experience pain and suffering akin to that of our own, through any undue or unnecessary fear and torment like that which is endured at the feedlots and in the slaughterhouses.
Yes, we can rejoice that these two precious piggies have triumphed against the odds, and chances are due to their newly found fame they will be spared from slaughter, but the harsh reality is that millions of pigs just like these two survivors are put to death every year.
Perhaps it is time that we started viewing animals in a different light. One that is not tainted with our own personal wants and desires, but instead one that is shone with compassion and regard to the other individuals with whom we share this planet.
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