Octopig: Piglet Born with Eight Legs Is as Unique as It Is Adorable

Rural China is home to a young eight-legged pig that has enchanted his whole community and is now evidently doing the same on an international level.

Born on Aug 2, the third eldest of a litter of eight made his debut at a farm located in the Nanchuan District of Chongqing. Farmer Tang Yongxiu’s wife initially thought the piglet had six legs, but when Yongxiu cleaned the little piggy, he found it had eight, with the extra four legs protruding from its belly area.

Yongxiu claims he’s never seen anything like this in the 20 years he has been raising livestock. Indeed Guo Zongvi, director at the Chongqing Academy of Animal Science, said ‘octopigs’ are extremely rare, with five-legged piglets being more common.

In this specific case, Zongvi believes the deformity is a result of inbreeding or genetic mutation.

His owner assures he’s getting along just fine with the rest of the litter despite the extra limbs and has even said he won’t be raised for meat and that he will keep the piglet on the farm as a ‘specimen’ to find ‘what it will look like in the future.’