The pig in the picture is called Alaina Templeton. She is a mixed breed, part potbellied pig. But she isn't very well.
Her owner, Michelle Schmitz, had hurt her ankle. So she asked a co-worker to look after Alaina Templeton. But the co-worker let the pig become too fat. Her weight tripled in the nine months that she was away.
She normally weighs 23kg but had gone up to 68kg.
The co-worker says that Alaina Templeton foraged for chicken feed and cat food at her farm. She became so fat that a collar on her neck became stuck. She had to have surgery to take it off.
The police have filed an animal cruelty charge against the co-worker.
"I want her to be held responsible for what she did and what she didn't do," Schmitz said.
(STAFF WRITER, WITH AP)
1. breed n.
品種 (pin2 zhong3)
例: That's a tiny dog! Which breed is it?
2. co-worker n.
同事 (tong2 shi4)
例: Sam is my co-worker.
3. forage v.t.
搜尋 (sou1 xun2)
例: The horse foraged for nuts in the forest.
4. cruelty n.
殘酷 (can2 ku4)
例: Taiwan has strong animal cruelty laws.