Not the Audubon Zoo

Afghans look at a domestic pig at Kabuls zoo during the Eid Al-Fitr festival, December 6, 2002.  REUTERS/Radu Sigheti

Afghans look at a domestic pig at Kabul's zoo during the Eid Al-Fitr festival, December 6, 2002. REUTERS/Radu Sigheti

According to Reuters, there is only one pig in Afghanistan.  He is in the Kabul Zoo.  Due to fears of H1N1/swine flu, said pig has been placed in quarantine.  Obviously this is ridiculous, though not as tragic as the misguided Egyptian attempt to protect their country from the flu by slaughtering over 3000 pigs.  But whatever.  There is a lot of hysteria.

The craziest part of the piece about the Afghan pig comes at the end of the article:

Shabby and rundown, Kabul Zoo is a far cry from zoos in the developed world, but has nevertheless come a long way since it suffered on the front line of Afghanistan’s 1992-4 civil war.

Mujahideen fighters then ate the deer and rabbits and shot dead the zoo’s sole elephant. Shells shattered the aquarium.

One fighter climbed into the lion enclosure but was immediately killed by Marjan, the zoo’s most famous inhabitant. The man’s brother returned the next day and lobbed a hand grenade at the lion leaving him toothless and blind.

What the hell?  Man, Afghanistan has a fucked up history.

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