A portly pig weighing in at a whopping 1,653 pounds was crowned the “Pig King” on January 8 at a competition in Zhengzhou, the capital of China’s Henan Province.
Measuring 7 ft long and 3 ft 5 in tall, the 3-year-old female hog is apparently so big that it can carry a full-grown human being on its back.
Its enormous weight is also painted onto its body for everyone to see and the owner plans to keep the animal alive just to find out how much more it will grow, according to Shanghaiist.
The contest, organized by a pig farming association in Zhengzhou, invited dozens of local farmers to send their pigs in to compete, with all participants weighing over 1,120 pounds and raised for more than two years.
The winning hog’s owner, surnamed Zhang, said he had raised the animal for three years, eating plenty of food and growing to the size of a cow, reported Daily Mail.
A video uploaded on YouTube shows a woman riding on the back of the “King of Pigs”. Check it out below:
“I am not afraid of her. She is very gentle-tempered,” the woman said, as the pig was searching for food as she spoke.
According to a pig farmer, an average adult pig weighs around 308 pounds.
The heaviest pig on Chinese record comes from Liaoning Province in eastern China. Named “Ton Pig”, who died in 2004 at age 4, the hog weighed 1,974 pounds and measured 8 feet 2 inches in length and 3 feet 7 inches.
The largest pig ever recorded in human history was “Big Bill” from Jackson, Tennessee, weighing in at more than 2,550 pounds.