Here’s a strong contender for this year’s most bizarre disaster story. Chinese scientists have cloned a wonder pig that survived the Sichuan earthquake of 2008, which killed more than 90,000 people.
Zhu Jiangqiang, or "Strong-Willed Pig", survived in his sty under the rubble for 36 days on a diet of charcoal and rainwater. Scientists in the city of Shenzhen have cloned six piglets from his DNA. They are all said to look like him, with a distinctive birthmark between the eyes. It’s planned to send them off to a museum and a genetic institute.
During the Japanese tsunami in March, as the owners of a pet dachshund prepared to seek safety in the hills inland, the terrified dog raced off towards the sea. They were heart-broken and assumed that was the last they would see of him.
But a week later, he was found safe a mile inland. How did he survive? No one knows.