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Pig In China Born With Six Legs And Two Tails (Photos)

| by David Bonner

China has produced another bizarre mutant pig.

This one, born on June 22, has six legs and two tails, reports the Daily Mail. It also appears to have two rear ends -- one tail attached to each. 

It is perhaps important to note that, for a pig, having two butts is not the same thing as having two rear ends. Pork butt -- also known as "Boston butt" -- is actually the animal's front shoulder, as noted by the website Modern Farmer.

"The word butt has its roots in old English, which is a quasi Germanic language, and butt means 'the widest part,'" explains Tom Mylan, executive butcher and co-owner of The Meat Hook in Brooklyn. "On a pig, the widest part is the shoulder, not its actual [rear end]. And that's why it's called the butt."

Semantics aside, photos of the six-legged, double-tailed pig and its proud owner have been sweeping the internet. However, this particular piglet is relatively normal compared to some others that have been born recently in China.

In 2016, a pig in Guizhou Province emerged with a "monkey face." It sported two holes for a nose and an overbite that left its long tongue dangling from its mouth.

Also reported was a pig with what appeared to have testicles for eyes, as reported by The Sun. But the most bizarre of all was a pig with a human-looking face and a nose resembling a penis.

Some believe that the increase in mutations is merely due to the increase in the number of people who are documenting them and posting them online. Others, however, are convinced that the deformities are a result of the notorious Chinese pollution.

To deal with the country's pollution problem, China’s Environment Ministry has called for greater transparency on environmental issues, reports RT.

"In recent years, toxic and hazardous chemical pollution has caused many environmental disasters, cutting off drinking water supplies, and even leading to severe health and social problems such as 'cancer villages,'" the Ministry explains.

The government agency has identified 58 types of toxic chemicals which are produced and consumed in China, though banned in many developed nations.

"It's our hope that this announcement is quickly implemented and enforced -- about half of China's rivers are not suitable for domestic use, and around 20% are deemed useless even for industrial purposes," said Greenpeace activist Yixiu Wu. "We simply cannot wait any longer."

It remains to be seen whether or not the environmental initiatives lead to a reduction in deformities among the nation's swine population.

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