Pigs jump off a platform into the lake and swim towards the finish line.
Pigs jump off a platform into the lake and swim towards the finish line.

The saying, “Go jump in the lake” has taken on new meaning, at least for these trained “diving pigs” in China. According to an article in The Telegraph, a town in the Hunan province has found a way to attract tourists. Just as the World Pork Expo had its racing pigs, and Hollywood had Babe, Changsha has its “Flying Pigs.”

The pigs are trained to jump in Shiyan Lake and swim to a finish line. At the end of the stunt, performed every year on May Day, they receive a treat. Animal activists were up in arms over the stunt, believing it displayed animal abuse, but the organizer of the event disagrees. Manager Shi Huang, states, "The piglets are carefully trained to perform this special stunt and they get well rewarded with food." he said, according to Mail Online. "And once they get over their nerves, they clearly enjoyed it.”

From the picture, some of the participants seem more “enthusiastic” about the high-flying stunt than others. While a few of the porkers displayed surprisingly agile form: front toes together and hind legs stretched out gracefully behind; others had worked more diligently on the “belly flop.” Or perhaps it should be called the “bacon flop.”