Eight-legged pig born in China

Lão nông Yongxiu và chú heo 8 chân

Old farmer Yongxiu and his eight-legged pig

This pig belongs to a litter of 8 born to a mother pig on a farm located in Nam Xuyen district.

Farmer Yongxiu (63 years old) said that on August 2, after returning from work, his wife ran out to announce that “our pig just gave birth to a 6-legged monster.” However, when he went to the barn to check and wipe off the dirty oil, he discovered that this was actually a piglet with 8 legs. In addition to the usual 4 legs, under the piglet’s belly there are 2 extra legs protruding forward about 4 cm long and 2 extra hind legs about 8 cm long, dragging on the ground.

Mr. Yongxiu said that in his 20 years of working as a cattle breeder, he had never seen any such strange animals.


Guo Zongyi – Director of the Chongqing Institute of Animal Science – said that he often sees pigs with 5 legs because 1 leg develops from another leg, and he has never actually seen 8 legs. Mr. Guo believes that the cause of the deformity may be due to inbreeding or genetic mutation.

Besides the difference in legs, this piglet’s other features are the same as its brothers. Instead of raising it for meat, Mr. Youngxiu decided to keep it for research.


Currently, this little pig is still eating and growing normally like its other siblings.

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