The Sheep Pig

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We braved a steady snowfall and visited the Mangalica Fesztival yeszterday — er, yesterday. You probably picked up on “Fesztival,” but what’s a Mangalica?

Take a closer look at the picture. Nope, those aren’t sheep — they’re pigs. Pigs that grow a woolly/hairy covering that’s thick enough to use for… well, nothing, as far as we can tell, but it sure looks interesting. Could have been an out-there conspiracy plot twist to Babe! (And a lot more tolerable than the bizarre mess that became the sequel, but I digress…)

The translation of Mangalica is “hog with a lot of lard.” Mangalica were almost abandoned as a breed when trends shifted away from the use of lard in cooking, and toward leaner meat, but have recovered some standing in recent years as nutritional wisdom continues to waffle between the absurd and the indefensible. Besides promoting the breed, and giving visitors a chance to eat some amazing sausage and other carnival fare, the festival provides photo ops like this:

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All together now: Awwwwwwwwwwwhhhhh….

 

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