In Hong Kong, the air force has come to the rescue of farmers in a remote village, stranded without a pig.
In Hong Kong, the air force has come to the rescue of farmers in a remote village, stranded without a pig. The villagers rely on pig-breeding as their main source of income and when their old boar died, piglet production came to a halt.
SYNOPSIS: Cheung Sheung is too inaccessible to be reached by the artificial insemination team. These piglets were sired by a real live pig and his replacement had to be air-lifted to his new life. Although only nine months old, this pedigree white boar, already weighs over 110 kilogrammes (240 pounds).
When Hong Kong government officials heard of the plight of Cheung Sheung village, they secured the help of the Air Force. Without a helicopter to whisk the pig out to Cheung Sheung, it would have taken a team of eight men at least six hours to haul this prime specimen of male pig up to the village, which is 350 metres above sea level.
The eight families living in Cheung Sheung were delighted with their new boar. He appeared untroubled by the flight, and undaunted by the prospect of confronting a herd of amorous sows. He has quite a reputation to live up to -- his predecessor fathered 5,000 piglets over five years. Because the village is so isolated, farmers sell the piglets while they are still small enough to be carried down the hillside.
The boar seemed to settle down very quickly in his new surroundings, swiftly adapting to his role of affectionate husband, and fond step-father. And the villagers confidently expect the pig styes to soon resound with the clatter of tiny trotters.