Bizarre footage emerges of 150kg fugitive pig ‘praying’ before a Buddhist temple in Eastern China
Posted on February 28th, 2015

By Nelson Groom for Daily Mail Australia

Bizarre footage emerges of 150kg fugitive pig ‘praying’ before a Buddhist temple… and he only moved on after a group of monks chanted to him

  • The 150kg pig had reportedly escaped from a local farm in search of food
  • The pig was found kneeling on its forelimbs at a temple in eastern China
  • It left the temple after a group of monks chanted a Buddhist scripture to it
  • The images have sparked heated dialogues on Chinese social media sites 
  • Sadly, the pigs owner had it slaughtered before learning of its stardom

It seems that humans aren’t the only ones who need forgiveness.

Bizarre footage has surfaced of a fugitive pig grovelling in front of a temple in Wenzhou, Zhejiang province on Tuesday.

Pictures and video of the bowing boar, which had escaped from a nearby farm, have spread like wildfire on Chinese social media, sparking a flurry of debates over what the animal was doing, reports Sina.

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A large pig was found this week kneeling on its forelimbs at a temple in Tantou village, eastern China 

A large pig was found this week kneeling on its forelimbs at a temple in Tantou village, eastern China

Images of the bowing boar have spread like wildfire on social media, sparking a flurry heated debates on exactly what the animal was doing

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A large pig was found this week kneeling on its forelimbs at a temple in Tantou village, eastern China

Images of the bowing boar have spread like wildfire on social media, sparking a flurry heated debates on exactly what the animal was doing

Footage shows the animal kneeling on its forelimbs encircled by worshippers, as a Buddhist ceremony takes place inside the temple.

The saintly swine reportedly stayed put for hours, and only left the scene after a group of monks emerged from inside and chanted a Buddhist scripture towards it.

Discussions on the social media site WeiBo have seen some users propose the animal was seeking a pilgrimage for a Chinese New Year’s blessing.

Others deduced the holy hog was merely seeking food or resting after an act of physical exertion.

Another web user offered a more scientific explanation: the pig was suffering from a disease concerning a deficiency in vitamin E, which can lead to an inability to stand up on all fours and kneel on one’s front legs.

Incredible moment a pig is seen ‘praying’ outside a temple

It was later revealed the 150kg pig has escaped from a nearby farm with two other cohorts in search of food

Meanwhile, the owner of the pig later revealed it had escaped his hog pen on the morning on February 22, apparently in search of food.

Sadly, Mr Huang-who had raised the animal up to over 150 kilograms-ordered for the animal to be slaughtered upon being recaptured.

In a cruel twist of fate, Mr Huang Wenzhou Metropolis Daily he only learned of its internet stardom after the pig had been butchered, and he would not have done so otherwise.

‘How bizarre! I’ve been raising pigs for so many years but I’ve never seen anything like this. I really shouldn’t have killed it!’ he said.

Incredible moment a pig is seen ‘praying’ outside a temple

It was later revealed the 150kg pig has escaped from a nearby farm with two other cohorts in search of food

It was later revealed the 150kg pig has escaped from a nearby farm with two other cohorts in search of food

Meanwhile, the owner of the pig later revealed it had escaped his hog pen on the morning on February 22, apparently in search of food.

Sadly, Mr Huang-who had raised the animal up to over 150 kilograms-ordered for the animal to be slaughtered upon being recaptured.

In a cruel twist of fate, Mr Huang Wenzhou Metropolis Daily he only learned of its internet stardom after the pig had been butchered, and he would not have done so otherwise.

‘How bizarre! I’ve been raising pigs for so many years but I’ve never seen anything like this. I really shouldn’t have killed it!’ he said.

Sadly, the owner of the pig ordered it to be butchered when it was recaptured, only learning of its internet stardom when it was too late. He told local media: 'I really shouldn't have killed it!'

Sadly, the owner of the pig ordered it to be butchered when it was recaptured, only learning of its internet stardom when it was too late. He told local media: ‘I really shouldn’t have killed it!’

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Sadly, the owner of the pig ordered it to be butchered when it was recaptured, only learning of its internet stardom when it was too late. He told local media: ‘I really shouldn’t have killed it!’

Huang was astonished by the viral images, and vowed that none of his pigs have been diagnosed with any diseases.

‘This is really awkward. If the pigs were scared, they should have ran away instead of making that strange posture and let everyone watch.’

Over three thousand people reportedly attended the temple for the final day of confessions on Buddha repentance day.

It would seem this pitiful pig’s prayers were left unanswered.

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4 Responses to “Bizarre footage emerges of 150kg fugitive pig ‘praying’ before a Buddhist temple in Eastern China”

  1. Lorenzo Says:

    But the barbaric people slaughtered it for food!!

  2. Mr. Bernard Wijeyasingha Says:

    there are no food restrictions in Buddhism. What Buddhist nations consume ranges from vegetarianism to eating pork as in China which is the world’s largest consumer of that product to eating beef as in Korea

  3. Fran Diaz Says:

    The pig looks exhausted ….
    May be it felt the peaceful vibes in the Temple and came there to rest ?

    There are vegetarian proteins available. Soy protein is well know. Eggs & yoghurt can supplement. Buddhist countries ought to explore that aspect.

  4. Cerberus Says:

    I feel very sorry for the pig. The poor fellow probably knew that his time was up with no food and ran away and was probably attracted to the peaceful vibes in the temple as Fran says. As the Buddha says all living creatures are afraid of death just as we are. Are we not civilized enough to give up the barbaric habit of eating other creatures ? We only need about 1 gm of protein per 1 kg of body weight which can be easily obtained from milk products such as cheese or yoghurt, eggs and lentils. Millions of Hindus in India live very well on non-meat proteins. There is a lot of Soy protein which is available in the West but not in Buddhist countries such as Sri Lanka. In the moment of death the animals puts a lot of toxins in to the blood and those who ingest meat absorb all that and the karma of killing the poor creature. Excess saturated animal fat coats arteries causing heart trouble. There is great book called “Buddhist case for vegetarianism” by Roshi Philip Kapleau. The human being is designed to be a herbivore. We drink water by swallowing like cows and horses, while carnivores drink by lapping water. The length of intestine in a herbivore is 20 times the body length whereas in carnivores it is only 5 times the length of the body. The reason is meat starts putrefying fast in the intestine so has to be expelled out soon. This is the reason for high rates of colon cancer in the West. Herbivores need the extra length to digest the cellulose matter. We should not make our bodies grave yards for poor innocent creatures.

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