Swedish PM saves piglet's life
Sweden's prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt has imitated US tradition by
pardoning a pig prior to Christmas.
American presidents usually save the life of a turkey
before Thanksgiving; Reinfeldt appeared on television last weekend saving the
life of a pig named Smulan.
"Dear Smulan, in my role as PM I pardon you and wish you a long and happy
life," Reinfeldt said in his address to the pig in central Stockholm, Swedish
The one-month-old piglet reacted by squealing as he
was taken from his cage.
Smulan's owners at the Berga Agricultural
School promised that the PM's pig shall never be
Reinfeldt said it had not occured to him that pardoning
would mark him out as close to US tradition. He said the idea came from a tv
"They asked me to do it and I thought it sounded kind of
fun," he said.
â€¢ Berga Agricultural School
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