Chinese are mourning it’s “lucky pig” that became famous for surviving under earthquake rubble for 36 days.
“Zhu Jianqiang”, or “Strong Pig” died aged 14 years on Wednesday.
It survived a powerful earthquake struck parts of China on May 12, 2008, breaking down hundreds of structures. The quake measured 7.9-magnitude and was experienced
But the pig was discovered after 36 days under the rubble. The pig’s miraculous story, subsisting on a bag of charcoal and rainwater, was hailed as an inspiring symbol of the will to survive. Nearly 90,000 people were killed or went missing.
A local museum near the city of Chengdu had purchased the famous pig for 3,008 yuan ($450) and kept it as a tourist attraction while it lived out its days.
It succumbed to “old age and exhaustion” on Wednesday night, the museum said on China’s Twitter-like Weibo platform.
In human terms, it was 100 years old, The Global Times said, citing its breeder.
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