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After years of hogging the limelight, China's most famous pig has been honoured with a full funeral service conducted by Buddhist priests.
The porker - who tipped the scales at an astonishing 1.1 tons when he died - was called King Pig by his followers in Fenglian Temple in Ruixing, Zhejiang province, where he was worshipped as a god.
Wrapped in burials robes and surrounded by flowers, he was spared the fate he once almost suffered when villagers wanted to turn him into stir fry.
"Instead he was adopted by the priests and no-one would touch him then," explained his grief-stricken keeper Cai Weijia.
"He was a lovely beast who had a very gentle manner. People would consult him about their problems or worries and always went away happy," he added,
Now King Pig could finally get the stuffing he managed to avoid all his life, when villagers have his body preserved as a shrine.
"He should be stuffed and mounted to people can pay their respects forever," explained Cai.
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