SOLSONA, Ilocos Norte - Residents of Barangay Puttao in Solsona, Ilocos Norte are talking about a newborn pig in their village because of its extraordinary and rare condition.
The piglet, owned by Ruby Cariaga, has two sex organs. It has a female sex organ and testicles but doesn't have a penis.
Cariaga named the piglet "Blessy" because she and her neighbors consider the 12-day-old pig a blessing and a source of joy.
"Ngayon lang kasi kami nagkaroon ng ganito. Sana, eto 'yung lucky namin," she said.
According to veterinarian Jane Galvez, the pig's condition is called hermaphroditism.
"That's a case of hermaphroditism wherein mayroon siyang female and male sex organ and usually these hermaphrodites, they are sterile. They have no capacity to reproduce," Galvez explained.
This case may be caused by the abnormality of the development of the pig's sexual organ, Galvez added.
The hermaphrodite pig has 13 siblings, which are all normal.
Cariaga has been raising and selling pigs for more than three years now as her main source income. But this time, she wants to keep her hermaphrodite pig as a pet.