You just can't make this stuff up folks ...
KABUL (Reuters) - Afghanistan's only known pig has been locked in a room, away from visitors to Kabul zoo where it normally grazes beside deer and goats, because people are worried it could infect them with the virus popularly known as swine flu.
The pig is a curiosity in Muslim Afghanistan, where pork and pig products are illegal because they are considered irreligious, and has been in quarantine since Sunday after visitors expressed alarm it could spread the new flu strain.
"For now the pig is under quarantine, we built it a room because of swine influenza," Aziz Gul Saqib, director of Kabul Zoo, told Reuters. "We've done this because people are worried about getting the flu."
Worldwide, more than 1,000 people have been infected with the virus, according to the World Health Organization, which also says 26 people have so far died from the strain. All but one of the deaths were in Mexico, the epicenter of the outbreak.
Thats all fine and good, and bravo, clap clap Kabul, for nullifying the threat of pigs in your entire country in one heavy handed swoop (and way to go for not pulling an Egypt), but we don't want you to miss the real gems of this article ...
Apparently, Kabul has long been part of the front lines of the Animal Uprising 2012 ...
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.
The zoo now holds two lions who replaced Marjan who died of old age in 2002 as well as endangered local leopards. In all, it houses 42 species of birds and mammals and 36 types of fish and attracts up to 10,000 visitors on weekends.
Wow, so if this is a true, this predates the current AU2012 insurgency by over 10 years! That means Afghanistan was locked in the conflictual throngs of man vs animal, churning out stories of survival, pain, and retribution long before what we now call 'the internet' became very popular.
Freakin Afghanistan ... LOVE the Animal Uprising 2012!