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After the 2008 Sichuan earthquake, a pig which was buried alive for 36 days, was saved and adopted by the Jianchuan Museum in Chengdu, China.
It has been eight years since the adoption, and the pig has received impeccable treatment from museum staff, even having its own specialised keeper to look after its needs, reports Lianhe Wanbao.
Some enraged netizens have accused the authorities of caring about the pig more than actual citizens who were affected by the disaster, citing that ‘even human lives were not comparable to a pig’s.’
The museum on the other hand, has insisted that they would continue to care for the pig until its demise, where it would then preserve and turn its body into an exhibit.
To ensure that the pig remains healthy, the keeper brings the pig out for daily walks in the mornings and late afternoons, and feeds the pig a variety of different healthy food.
The pig turns ten years old this year, but despite its advanced age, is reportedly very healthy.
Many netizens are bitter at the apparent favour bestowed upon the pig as compared to the callous attitude of the authorities to victims of disaster.
Said one netizen:
“This cements the fact that human lives aren’t as valuable as a pig’s here.
"The pig receives better treatment than humans.
“But it has survived for so long, and represents the determination of the refugees, so we can understand why the authorities chose to keep it.”