Feb 15, 2008

I Need Some Explanations

I need some explanations people. I need the backstory to the pig-on-sofa photo. Who is that man? Why does he have a massive pig in his lap? Why the photo of the boar on the wall? Why does the pig look so happy and content?














And what in the world is this? Rhino/pig? Photoshopped? A new ugly that I've never heard of? Can I own one?

UPDATE: junxkat and amandacheryl have identified this as an undoctored photo of a Sumatran rhino. Lovely.

















Thanks for the photos, Ida.

14 comments:

Charlotte said...

Could it be some kind of tapir? It kind of looks like the "mountain tapir"
http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/feb2006/20060206_tapirandean.jpg

Maybe a really ugly baby mountain tapir...

jynxkat said...

i'm thinking thats a rare Sumatran Rhino- they're quite small and quite hairy- mom is in the back there- she looks hairy too. i rather like Sumatran Rhinos because they're the cuddliest of the rhino clan.

amandacheryl said...

sumatran rhino!

http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.foxnews.com/images/329612/1_61_rhino_sumatran_baby_2.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,315903,00.html&h=240&w=320&sz=27&hl=en&start=11&sig2=awMwNvWvjg9leCUsSNT9AA&um=1&tbnid=eRDDhoDW_1XEFM:&tbnh=89&tbnw=118&ei=aQm2R8X9DY7aiAGlxNmgCQ&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dsumatran%2Brhino%2Bbaby%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26safe%3Doff%26client%3Dfirefox-a%26rls%3Dorg.mozilla:en-US:official%26sa%3DG

article on fox about its poo...

Wendy said...

Normally, I think all baby animals have some charm, and are cute in their own way. THAT creature is hideous! As to why anyone would want a pig that big in their home, I'm baffled...

CaseyL said...

That first picture reminds me of a famous photo from Smithsonian Magazine many years ago, of an elderly woman walking a 1500-pound pig on a dogleash.

IIRC, the story accompanying the photo said that certain breeds of pig top out at 2000 pounds but, if they've been raised as pets, aren't aware of how big they are. (Some large dog breeds are like that, too: Great Danes, for instance, are firmly convinced that they're lap dogs.)

kyrraven said...

Hahaha! The guy with the giant pig reminds me of my high school trig teacher. He had a fondness? obsession? with pigs. At the time, he owned at least one potbelly pig...

Cozytailmom said...

HA! Before I read the comments I was convince it was a fake representation of a wholly rhino family in a museum.

Kitt said...

Wow. Yeah, my vote for the 2nd picture was a really good sculpture of something prehistoric, or maybe just a made-up beastie ... I'm gonna have to look up this Sumatran Rhino thing! (The eyes still look fake to me... Meh.)

Umm ... And ... Huh? Apparently Blogger is now linked to my Gmail ... Oooohkay. Random! (I occasionally posted here as "K" before ... Huh.)

Shay said...

The sumatran thingy looks like a Jim Henson creation! yeeks. Nice pig, though. That thing could eat a lion. like whole.

Raging Wombat said...

Thanks, jynxkat and amandacheryl.

pinklefish said...

Sumatran Rhino = Marty Feldman

Claudia said...

Wow... the eyes really get you on that baby there...

leela314 said...

I think I've seen that man in the first photo on Animal Planet. If I recall correctly, he trains pigs for exhibitions at schools and such.

Raging Wombat said...

I hope you're right, leela.