China's 'Strong-Willed Pig' Has Been Cloned | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

China's 'Strong-Willed Pig' Has Been Cloned

Play associated audio

He's a national hero in China, as NPR's Melissa Block learned in 2009.

Zhu Jian Qiang, or "Strong-Willed Pig", survived for 36 days in the rubble of a home in southwest China after the devastating earthquake there in 2008. It's thought he only had water and charcoal to live on.

Since then, the castrated male has gone on to be a featured part of an earthquake museum in Dayi, China. And now, he'll live on — sort of — after he dies.

Scientists have cloned strong-willed pig, producing six little piglets, Global Post's Weird Wide Web blog reports. It adds that:

"The pig became a symbol for national resilience. More than 90,000 people died or went missing in the devastating 8.0 magnitude earthquake, which affected Sichuan and parts of neighboring Shaanxi and Gansu provinces. ... In 2008 ... the hero pig topped an online poll of '10 animals that moved China' for his spirit of never giving up, China Daily reports."

The piglets will be living at the museum and a genetic institute.

NTD filed this video report about strong-willed pig in late 2008.

(Note: Melissa's 2009 story refers to strong-willed pig as a "sow." Unfortunately, there was a problem with some translation at the time. Strong-willed is in fact a he, not a she.)

Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

NPR

Church Of Scientology Calls New HBO Documentary 'Bigoted'

The filmmaker says Going Clear, harshly critical of the Church of Scientology, is about the dangers of "blind faith." The church has hit back with an aggressive public relations effort of its own.

NPR

Was Your Seafood Caught By Slaves? AP Uncovers Unsavory Trade

Some of the seafood that winds up in American grocery stores, in restaurants, even in cat food, may have been caught by Burmese slaves, a yearlong investigation by The Associated Press finds.
NPR

What Reid Endorsing Schumer As Top Democrat Means

Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid is not seeking reelection in 2016, but he is leaving no room for a leadership fight. He's throwing his support to his top lieutenant and message maestro.
NPR

New York City To Teens: TXT ME With Mental Health Worries

In an effort to connect teenagers with mental health services, New York is testing counseling via text for high school students. They join a growing trend.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.