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A pig, who amazingly survived 36 days under rubble
A pig, who amazingly survived 36 days under rubble of a collapsed pig farm in China struck by a devastating quake, was bought by a local museum for $438, the Shanghai Daily newspaper reported on Monday.

The death toll from the May 12 earthquake, measuring 8.0 on the Richter scale and the biggest to hit China in three decades, is nearing 70,000, with 17,000 people still missing.

The pig, dubbed Zhu Jianqiang, roughly meaning "Mr. Strongwill," was rescued by soldiers on June 17. Vets were amazed that the lucky porker, who lost 100 kg (220 lbs) in weight during its ordeal, managed to survive at all, as previously it was thought pigs could only last for around five days without food or water.

Mr. Strongwill, who normally consumes 30 kilograms of water and food every day, is believed to have survived on charcoal in a tiny space less than half a meter high unable to move, which allowed it to save energy.

Around four million pigs in Sichuan, which is China's main pork-producing region, are believed to have died in the earthquake.

There are no plans to eat Mr. Strongwill, who will spend the rest of his days at the museum.


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