Was he ridiculed as a drama pig? Was he seen as the Napoleon Dynamite of swine and shunned as a weird pig? Was he pitied as a creepy pig? With any luck, he was celebrated as a maverick, one-of-a-kind pig, a sort of James Dean of the pig world.

However he was greeted, we can only hope that medical science doesn’t stop with fluorescent pigs. Maybe it can make neon vegetables. And phosphorescent houses. And radiant snack food. Sorry, forgot: Snack food is already radiant.

Whatever happens, I think there can be little question that, as medical science marches on, the Fluorescent Pig will make a great name for a rock band. Well, maybe a prog-rock band.

By Jim Shahin