Italian archaeologists have discovered an ancient terracotta pig which worked as a toy as well as a baby bottle.
Known as a guttus, the unique vessel dates back about 2,400 years and was found in a tomb cut out of a rock.
The burial contained some 30 funerary objects along with the remains of two individuals belonging to the Messapian tribal group, who inhabited the "heel" of Italy as early as the 8th century B.C.
Among the grave goods the archaeologists unearthed a skyphos, a two-handled deep wine-cup, which -- once restored -- revealed an elegant decoration of two pigeons facing each other.
The most intriguing item was a small terracotta pig which turned out to be a 2,400-year-old version of a modern-day baby bottle.
The grave goods included plates, ointment vases, three feeding vessels, two terracotta statuettes, a black painted basin, and a special Messapian pottery vase called trozzella. The vase, which featured wheels at the tops of its handle, usually accompanied Messapian women to their graves.
Once restored the pig-shaped guttus revealed pointy ears and human-like eyes. It contained terracotta rattles in its tummy to apparently encourage the baby to sleep.