“We used to take it out for a walk every morning and afternoon, but now it's too lazy, and too fat, to do it. So we're feeding it only twice a day.” — Zhu Jianqiang’s keeper.
The swine, known as Zhu Jianqiang, which means Strong Pig, was sold after the quake to the Jianchuan Museum, an attraction that has promised to keep him away from the butcher as a reminder of the nation's resolve to cope with the disaster.
The online forum Red Net said the 2-year-old pig “vividly illustrates the spirit of never giving up, and has become a model for Chinese entrepreneurs” amid the current economic downturn.
But the animal apparently hasn’t tightened its belt due to the tough times.
“It's gotten fatter and lazier by the day,” the China Daily quoted a museum staff member as saying.
And the pig’s keepers say it “has developed a temper that many of its fans may not want to see.”