China's 'Strong-Willed Pig' Has Been Cloned : The Two-Way He's a national hero because he somehow survived for 36 days in the rubble of a home after a devastating earthquake in 2008. Now six cloned piglets will carry on his legend.
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China's 'Strong-Willed Pig' Has Been Cloned

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China's 'Strong-Willed Pig' Has Been Cloned

China's 'Strong-Willed Pig' Has Been Cloned

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MELISSA BLOCK, Host:

There is news today of a pig.

(SOUNDBITE OF SNORTING PIG)

BLOCK: In particular, a 330-pound pig who became a Chinese national hero. His name is Zhu Jian Qiang, which translates to strong-willed pig. He got his name after he survived the 8.0 magnitude earthquake in Sichuan Province in 2008.

(SOUNDBITE OF SNORTING PIG)

BLOCK: Six piglets were made with his DNA. Reports say the pigs will be sent off in pairs to live in a museum and a genetic institute. Scientists want to know what made this strong-willed pig so strong-willed.

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