King Pig was worshipped as a god in his native China as one of the country’s most famous animals.
After passing away this week, the King was honoured with a full funeral service conducted by Buddhist priests at the Fenglian Temple in Ruixing, Zhejiang province.
Wrapped in burial robes and surrounded by flowers, the famous pig was given a send-off fit for a king.
The worshipped beast had lived a charmed life having avoided slaughter as a youngster by seeking refuge with a group of Buddhist priests who adopted him.
‘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.’
Villagers now want to keep the animal’s body as permanent shrine to the King Pig.
‘He should be stuffed and mounted to people can pay their respects forever,’ his keeper added.