In the Paktin Village of the Shatin District -- a farmland area which divides Kowloon from China -- a farmer carries out a practice which is quite common among Hong Kong pig-breeders: the use of monkeys to take care of the pigs.
SV Farmer with dogs leading monkey
SV Monkey on pig-sty fence - pigs running around
SV Monkey surrounded by pigs
SV Monkey chasing pigs
CU Monkey moving around
SV Monkey rounding up pigs, grabbing one by ears
SV Monkey on back of pig leaps onto fence
CU Pig eating
CU Monkey eating
SV Monkey in pig pen
LV Farmer in pig pen with monkey and pigs
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Background: In the Paktin Village of the Shatin District -- a farmland area which divides Kowloon from China -- a farmer carries out a practice which is quite common among Hong Kong pig-breeders: the use of monkeys to take care of the pigs. Some believe that the monkeys keep evil spirits away from the pigs -- others, however, take the more practical attitude that the monkeys torment the pigs, keep them awake so that they concentrate on eating and get fatter.
The monkeys apparently need very little training -- they are taught a few tricks and then put into the pens with the pigs and left to carry out their duties, which they seem to take on with great zeal.
Another practical aspect of the novel form of pig-keeping, is that the monkeys get on the pigs' backs and keep them clean by catching fleas.
But eating is the main object of the operation -- a restless pig eats, a fatter pig is more valuable, a more valuable pig brings a better price at the market.