According to themyths, the Pig was the last to arrive when theJade Emperorcalled for the great meeting. Other sources said thatBuddhacalled for a great meeting when he was about to leave theEarth. The Pig came in last.
Legendhas it that just as the emperor was about to call it a day, an oink and squeal was heard from a little Pig. The term "lazy Pig" is due here as the Pig got hungry during the race, promptly stopped for a feast then fell asleep. After the nap, the Pig continued the race and was named the 12th and last animal of thezodiaccycle.
Other sources say that given his very stout form, he was just too slow a swimmer, and thus he could not do anything against the other animals.