Above: Illustration of a “piglet” farrowed by a sow in Germany in 1751 (from Schreber 1752), which closely resembles the specimen (left) born Feb. 9, 2015 in China. The German individual differed, however, from the Chinese in that its left ear was like that of a human being (including the presence of an earlobe). With regard to the German animal, Schreber (p. 395) also notes that “the tongue is wider than what is usual in a pig, and resembles that of a human being. The eyes stand close together,” he says, “like those of a human being and have the same form, with eyebrows and eyelashes. The head is rounded as in a human.” Note also that the odd curling of the hooves is present in both specimens. The trunk-like process on the forehead is a frontal proboscis (discussed in the main article).
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