German Pig Brother hogs all the praise

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14 May 2004 , HAMBURG - As soap documentaries go this one has it all - sex, feuding, high-speed chases and lots of sniffing and grunting. All live and unedited. Big Brother may be back on the television screens in Germany for its third edition, but nude women under the shower have nothing on Kalle - a real male pig if ever there was one - and his various liaisons with members of the opposite sex. As a growing audience will testify, Big Brother is tame fare compared to Pig Brother, an Internet Website rival

14 May 2004

HAMBURG - As soap documentaries go this one has it all - sex, feuding, high-speed chases and lots of sniffing and grunting. All live and unedited.

Big Brother may be back on the television screens in Germany for its third edition, but nude women under the shower have nothing on Kalle - a real male pig if ever there was one - and his various liaisons with members of the opposite sex.

As a growing audience will testify, Big Brother is tame fare compared to Pig Brother, an Internet Website rival which is following a herd of wild boars in the Eifel Mountains south of Cologne - and attracting an ever growing fan club from around the world.

After the site was launched by the German Hunting Association DJV on 22 March, Pig Brother attracted some 1.5 million page hits in just 14 days and more than 400 entries in its guest book.

Viewers, it seems, can't take their eyes off of Kalle as he sniffs around Luise, Sofie or Berta, or picks a fight with male rivals Oskar and Willi.

The three male and three female pigs and their innumerable offspring dart hither and thither at the Hellenthal game enclosure watched by hidden cameras controlled from an office in Bonn.

It's almost like Hollywood, wrote one visitor in the site's guest book. More intelligent than Big Brother, said another.

"Bravo Pig Brother. This is much better than Big Brother," wrote a viewer from France. "If you feel in a bad mood you only have to watch this for a few minutes and you feel better," said another fan.

According to the DJV, the wild boar show is proving particular popular in the United States and Canada, but also has a big following in Austria, the Benelux countries and France.

"Astonishingly we have also established a large and faithful group of fans from the Caribbean island of Antigua," the DJV said.

"Hellenthal is now known everywhere. We are being watched in every continent," said spokeswoman Anke Nuy.

The website is the continuation of a project began in September last year in which the DJV installed cameras in a wood to focus on the secretive lives of deer.

The idea is to help people become interested in wildlife and nature conservation issues. It also enables viewers to see live pictures of wild animals usually only captured by professional filmmakers.

But as the Berlin newspaper Tageszeitung wrote, many users are logging in simply to follow macho boar Kalle's sexual adventures.

Kalle, it appears, is a real swine with a penchant for what the site's producers described as "dirty sex".

In other words, said a Deutsche Welle report, it's really not much different to the humans in the Big Brother container.

The wild boars can be seen until the end of May at http://www.wildtiere-live.de

DPA

Subject: German news 

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