Athletic pigs ham it up at Olympics
Updated: 2005-04-11 15:25
Piglets run during a
competition at Heping Park in Hongkou
Pigs can't fly, but they can run, swim and dive, as proven by
contestants in the Pig Olympics.
Thousands of locals have made their way
to Hongkou District's Heping Park to watch some 20 pig athletes from Thailand
take part in sporting events over the past month.
The four-legged athletes
battle it out in running, hurdles, jumping through a hoop, swimming and diving
every day at 10am and 1pm.
About 1,500 people show up at the park every
day to watch the games, most of whom are groups of primary students, said Yang
Ying, office manager of the Bluesea Broadway Co Ltd, the event's
"These lovely pigs are of a special species that is good at
sports by nature," she said. "They started receiving training soon after they
were born and became professional athletes one year later."
an 8-year-old who hung the gold medal onto one of the champion porkers, said he
would no longer take it for granted that all pigs are stupid and lazy.
incredible. I never thought that a pig could be so clever, dexterous and
versatile," he said. The games will run through May.