You could not make this up. Afghanistan …

You could not make this up. Afghanistan has only one pig and he, Khanzir, lives in Afghanistan’s only zoo in Kabul. Khanzir was donated to Afghanistan by China who has since stopped donating animals to Afghanistan over animal welfare concerns. During various clashes the aquarium has been damaged by shelling and deer and rabbits eaten by soldiers. Khanzir, the pig, has recently been put into quarantine as some of the 150,000 annual Afghani visitors (10,000 on weekends) fear he may have or may contract and spread H1N1, Swine Flu. Never mind that he is the only pig in Afghanistan. Afghanis have irrational fears about pigs. Pork products are illegal in Afghanistan. Khanzir’s keeper hopes Khanzir, the pig, does not have to remain in isolation for too long and also wants to find a female companion for Khanzir. He admits it is a bad time to be looking for a female pig. Khanzir’s usual companions are deer and goats. §

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