The world's loneliest pig will absolutely break your heart
Meet Khanzir, the only pig in all of Afghanistan.
Pigs are a true rarity there, as pork and other pig-related products are illegal for religious reasons.
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"By and large, most Afghans have never seen a pig in their life," Aziz Gul Saqib, director of the Kabul Zoo, told The Washington Post.
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Khanzir, named for the Pashtu word for pig, was donated by China to the Kabul Zoo in 2002, along with a female piglet.
The pair even went on to mate and have their own little family -- but a terrible tragedy in 2006 changed Khanzir's life forever.
The New York Times reports that problems with inexperienced staff members led to an incident where one of the zoo's bears attacked and killed the piglets. Khanzir's mate was severely injured and died later as a result, according to The Washington Post.
Khanzir has sadly been without a porcine companion ever since.
The famed pig was also placed in quarantine for a brief period during the swine flu panic in 2009, according to the BBC. He was temporarily taken from his enclose that he shares with deer and goats, and isolated as fears of the illness spread through Afghanistan.
Khanzir is old and frail these days, but his keepers report that the 500-lb. animal has a healthy appetite and shares a special bond with all those who care for him.
The zoo would love to find him a companion, but hasn't had much luck so far.
"We've requested other nations to help us populate the zoo with different species of animals, including a pig," Aziz Gul Saqib Saqib told The Washington Post. "But we haven't had anyone commit to sending a friend for Khanzir as yet."
We hope one day Khanzir will find a sweet swine to spend his golden years with.