Crawling inside a pig pen while his parents were occupied with something else, a two-year-old tot in China died after he was mauled by a maternal pig who was protecting her piglets.
Two-year-old Wei Tsao, known affectionately as Keke, had been playing in the garden of his parents’ house, in eastern China’s Jiangsu Province, when they went inside for a moment.
However, unbeknownst to them, Keke then made his way into the pig pen where the authoritarian sow attacked and partially eaten the head of the ill-fated toddler.
Hearing their child’s screams, the parents bolted outside but discovered that it was too late.
“When we came out we saw the pig about 80 metres away gnawing on Keke’s head,” said the distraught father, Sun Tsai,25.
Other villagers came rushing to the scene where they grabbed the pig and tied it to a tree before killing it and cutting its stomach open.
Inside they found fragments of Keke’s skull and hair, which they showed to authorities to prove the pig had killed him.
Village leader Cheng Yuan, 62, said: “This is a horrible tragedy. We had to cut the pig open, not as an act of revenge but to prove to the authorities that it had indeed killed and eaten Keke.”
A police spokesman said: “Sows are often docile creatures but pregnant pigs and ones who have just given birth can be very protective and turn aggressive towards anything they consider to be a threat to their piglets.
“We urge farmers to keep their pigs in their pens.”