沖繩復活豬

 

我在日本沖繩縣大宜味村喜友名牧場wwoof(免費食宿、無人工、六日工作),負責人是喜友名夫婦,除了乳牛外,牧場還有豬、羊、雞等動物。

 

在一個大熱天,喜友名爸要將所有豬隻移至另一個城市,要將滿地亂跑、自由奔放的豬群趕上卡車,是個極困難的大工程。

豬欄是塊露天低窪地,在趕豬當日,我們一群人浩浩蕩蕩地走入豬欄,豬群忽見如此多人闖入自己的地盤,又見鐵絲網等不明物體,生活場所被打亂,全都十分驚慌,平日一見飼料就衝上前搶食,當日卻躲得遠遠,不肯靠近飼料箱,我們於是用鐵絲網圍着飼料箱,然後逐隻豬趕入鐵絲網,以便擒獲。

 

Wwoofers們站在鐵網外戒備,初時我們覺得工作輕鬆,有說有笑,還拍照留念。趕豬捉豬幾乎全由喜友名爸與助手「惟仁」負責,他們趁豬開口嚎叫時,敏捷地將鐵絲套着豬嘴,然後一前一後地半推半拉豬上卡車,處於極度恐慌的豬又亂衝亂撞,要閃避豬,又要將鐵絲套上豬嘴,十分困難。

 

好不容易擒獲了一隻母豬,牠被鐵絲套着鼻,嘴邊滲血,正尖聲嚎號,四腿賴在泥地,又滿地翻滾掙扎,揚起的濕泥濺得喜友名爸與惟仁滿身都是,二人一豬各自奮力搏鬥,最終母豬邊嚎叫邊被抬上了卡車,濕泥上留下四道掙扎的坑痕。

 

豬群平常的叫聲只有同伴交談的「呱嚕嚕」與進食時的滿足「咕嚕嚕」,但母豬被擒獲後,不停嚎叫,一刻不止,那種嚎叫尖銳、刺耳、絶望。

我從來不覺人與動物能溝通,在香港從未見過活豬,到沖繩後也未曾留意豬的叫聲,但我忽然明白母豬在嚎叫什麼,牠在恐慌、拒絕、震慄,母豬無言,人卻明瞭,但大家皆無語,甚至納悶。

 

wwoofers義工來自全球各地,日本人三川一緊守崗位,神情嚴肅地把守鐵網出入口,嚴防豬群逃脫,平時少言的他,更加沈默。來自泰國的Sea信佛,佛心仁慈不殺,Sea皺眉默念佛經,但仍靠着鐵網,防止豬逃脫。來自香港的阿欣被悶熱焗得有點頭昏,一臉倦慵地抵着木板,守在鐵網外。倒是新加坡人Joseph意外地活潑,不怕髒地徒手扯豬尾,甚至嘗試用鐵套抓豬,還不忘請人拍照留念。

 

有的豬較輕,喜友名爸一把抓起就丟上卡車,有隻小豬被抓時無甚掙扎,快完工時,才發現小豬倒卧在卡車上,一動不動,狀甚僵硬,摸牠也無反應,喜友名爸見狀,說:「由牠吧,牠嚇得心臟病發了。每次搬運都會有豬心臟病發。」然後喜友名爸又跑去別處,忙着打點其他豬隻上車。

 

Joseph走到小豬旁邊,只見小豬雙腿發抖,身體微震,眼睛半閉,嘴角滲出些許白沫。Joseph不發一言,默默將小豬抱入懷中,將牠搬至斜坡小樹的陰涼處。Sea捧着一大把碎豆腐飼料出現,她將飼料放在小豬嘴旁的泥地上,平日一嗅豆香,就立即衝上來爭食的小豬,心愛的豆腐放在面前,嘴卻不動,只不停震抖。

 

平素愛淨的Joseph坐在泥地,他不停輕撫小豬的背,面帶微笑說:「你怎麼這麼經不起折騰?這就嚇着了你?你看,有好吃的豆腐,快點起來吃吧。」Sea默坐一旁,默唸佛經。

三川一與阿欣迴避了,回到主屋準備晚餐。

 

正巧喜友名爸經過,笑說:「對,輕撫動物好有效,繼續啦。」然後又匆忙地離開,收拾別的事。Joseph與Sea一起坐在泥地上陪伴小豬,行也許是最後一程的路,直至日落,二人有時絮絮對小豬說話,又或靜默無言地輕撫。當他們離開豬籬,返回主屋吃晚飯前,回望小豬最後一眼,小豬嘴前的豆腐堆,仍一口沒動。

 

當晚雖然惦記小豬,但生死在牧場很常見,只是我們這些從城市來的wwoofers,首次接觸動物的生死之間,心感觸動;牧人如喜友名爸、惟仁,早視之等閒,牧人非無觸動,只是習慣了,生養死埋,天經地道。

 

第二天,大家再回豬籬集合,繼續昨日未完成的趕豬作業,卻發現小樹下的豆腐堆不見了,小豬也不見跡影,比大家更早到豬籬的惟仁笑說:「我見那小豬已與其他小豬一齊玩,我認得小豬的花紋,一定無錯。」大家望向豬籬,只見幾隻小豬鮮蹦活跳地四處跑跳,揚起泥塵滾滾,大家都放心地笑了。

 

大家都沒想到真有「死而復生」,喜友名爸解釋,昨日的撫摸起效了,大概是小豬感到關心、温暖、憐憫,喜友名爸還笑說:「昨日我原想請我的屠宰朋友來呢。」不愧是牧人,務實得很,但若小豬真捱不過,不知大家會吃小豬的肉嗎?

 

Joseph自然最開心,他嘗試走近小豬,但小豬們一看見人,就驚得四散躲避,他無奈笑說:「牠不理我了啦。」甩一下頭,又與大家繼續趕豬。

 

The Okinawa Resurrection Pig

 

I was wwoofing (free accommodation, no salary with 6 days’ work) in Kiyuna dairy farm in Ogimi, Okinawa, Japan. The Kiyunas had pigs, sheep and chickens beside dairy cows.

 

Kiyuna Dad decided to move the pigs to another city on a very hot day. It was a super difficult task to move all those free-running pigs.

The pigsty was an open air low land with size like a football field. We matched into the pigsty and the pigs were frightened to see strangers entered into their territories. The pigs usually would rush to us for food but they all hide up far that day. So we used wirecloth to enclose the feeding box and chased the pigs into the wirecloth enclosure.

 

We all stood outside the wirecloth to stand by and we thought it was an easy job and we talked and laugh and even took photos. Kiyuna Dad and a local helper ‘Korehito’ did the most difficult job like chasing and catching pigs. They put a thin wire in the pig’s mouth when the pig was screaming and pull the pig to the truck. The scared pigs ran blindly and it was very difficult to catch them.

 

A sow was caught finally. It was bleeding because the wire was in its mouth and it was screaming as loud as it can. Its 4 legs stoned on the muddy ground and it was struggling all the way to the truck and the flying dust was all over us. It was pulled to the truck finally with 4 struggled pit marks left behind.

 

The pigs talked to each other with ‘wa lu lu’ or a content sound ‘gu lu lu’ when they were eating. But the sow kept on screaming with a sharp, piercing despair.

I never thought human and animals could communicate. My housing estate in Hong Kong forbids us to have dogs and I have never seen a live pig in Hong Kong. But suddenly I understood the sow. It was scared, refusing and frightened. It was not spoken a word but we all understood.

 

But we were all in silent.

 

Woofers in Kiyuna dairy farm came from all over the world.

Mikawa Ichi from Japan didn’t talk much. He stood straight behind the wirecloth to guide the gate, he talked even less today.

Sea from Thailand was a Buddhist with a kind heart. She frowned and recited the Sutra but still stood by the wirecloth to guide the gate.

Yan from Hong Kong was a bit faint by the heat and stood by the wirecloth tiredly.

Joseph from Singapore was surprisingly active. He tried to help and caught the pig tail with bare hands and even tried to put the thin wire into the pig’s mouth and asked us to take photos for him.

 

Kiyuna Dad just flow small pigs onto the truck. One little pig did not struggle at all when it was caught and we found it was lying on the truck and it was very still. It had no reaction even if we touched it.

Kiyuna Dad said, ‘just leave it. It was scared and had a heart attack. There are pigs which frightened and having a heart attack EVERYTIME.’ And he ran off to rush the other pigs onto the truck.

 

Joseph walked to the little pig and saw its legs were trembling and its body was shaking with eyes half-closed and some white foam was seeping from its mouth. Joseph did not say a word and hold the little pig away and put it under a small tree with cool shadow.

Sea fetched some beautiful white soy beans for the little pigs and put them on the ground near to the little pig’s mouth. The little pig would rush to the soy beans in normal days but its whole body was just shaking, it was very still even its beloved soy beans was right in front of its mouth.

 

Joseph liked to be clean but he sat on the mud ground and stroke the little pig back and talked to it, ‘ You don’t have to be frightened. See? There are some delicious soy beans, get up and eat them!’

Sea sat aside silently and recited the Sutra.

Mikawa Ichi and Yan went back to the main house silently.

 

Kiyuna Dad walked pass Joseph and Sea and smiled, ‘Stroking works on animals, keep going!’ And he left quickly and looked after the other pigs.

Joseph and Sea sat on the muddy ground to accompany little pig until sunset. They talked to the little pig or stroke it silently. They looked at the little pig for a final time and saw the soy beans still did not be eaten when they left the pigsty for dinner in the main house.

 

We were all thinking about the little pig but death was normal in a dairy farm. Wwoofers from cities like us was touched because it was out first time to see a death scene. Farmers like Kiyuna Dad and Korehito had a soft heart but they just get used to it. Raise the living and bury the death. It’s normal in a farm.

 

We all went back to the pigsty and continuous to catch the remaining pigs the other day. We found the soy beans were missing and the little pig disappeared under the tree.

Korehito greeted us and smiled, ‘I saw the little pig was playing with the other pigs this morning. I remembered its pattern and I am sure that’s the one which had a heart attack yesterday.’

We looked at the pigsty and saw a few little pigs were chasing each other happily and there were flying dusts all around. We all smiled.

 

None of us thought the little pig would be ‘rebirth’. Kiyuna Dad said it was because of the stroking made the little pig felt warm and being care. He laughs, ‘I thought I have to call my butcher friend to come yesterday!’ Farmers were always practical. But are we going to EAT IT if the little pig couldn’t make it last night?

 

Joseph was so happy to see the little pig back to life again. He tried to get close to the little pig but the little pig ran off at once when it saw human approached.

Joseph said, ‘It doesn’t let me stroke it anymore,’

He smiled and continuous catching the pigs with us again.

一拉一堆後,母豬在泥地劃下四道足坑。

The sow was pulled to the truck finally with 4 struggled pit marks left behind.

正安撫心臟病發的小豬。

They are comforting the heart-attack little pig.

生活場所突然被打亂,豬隻十分恐慌。

The pig was frightened because strangers entered into their territories.

心愛的豆腐放在面前,小豬卻吃不了。

 The whole body of the little pig was just shaking, it was very still even its beloved soy beans was right in front of its mouth.