Pigs at play


The event, staged as part of an agricultural exhibition on Moscow’s outskirts, is set up like soccer, with two teams of five piglets. Instead of goals, the teams try to move the ball into painted, half-circles located at the pen’s corners. To move things along, the ball is slathered in mashed carrots.

Cheered on by dozens spectators, the winning piglets got a trophy for their efforts — and a trough of mashed carrots.

My only question is: how was the audience of the world’s first game of pig-ball so small? Dozens?

(BoGlo/AP: ” ‘Pig-ball’ soccer match staged in Russia.” [June 5, 2005])