SRUC students Li Ningyi and Wang Lingyi met with two Midlothian piglets to herald in the Chinese New Year – because starting today, February 5, it is officially the Year of the Pig.

Both students are studying for a Masters degree in Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare, a course run jointly by SRUC and the University of Edinburgh. As part of their studies, Ningyi and Lingyi were visiting SRUC’s Pig Research Unit near Roslin.

According to the latest figures from Universities Scotland, around 8500 Chinese students study in Scotland every year.