- Piglets recognise their mothers’ voices. Mother pigs sing to their babies while nursing. Listen to a song here; this mother pig has great rhythm!
- Pigs are clean animals. Given enough space, they will not soil areas where they eat and sleep.
- Despite the popular saying ‘sweating like a pig’, pigs actually can’t sweat. Instead, they bathe in mud to keep cool.
- In their natural surroundings, pigs are like humans. They enjoy exploring their environment, sunbathing, socialising and playing with their friends.
- Pigs dream like humans. They like to snuggle and sleep nose to nose.
- Pigs communicate constantly with each other. Over 20 different vocalisations for various situations have been identified.
- Pigs are considered more intelligent than a 3-year-old human child.
♥ ‘[Pigs] have the cognitive ability to be quite sophisticated. Even more so than dogs and certainly [more so than human] 3-year-olds.’ ~ Emeritus Professor Donald Broom, Cambridge University Veterinary School.
♥ Pigs can play joystick-controlled video games and are ‘capable of abstract representation…there is much more going on in terms of thinking and observing by these pigs than we would ever have guessed.’ ~ Professor Stanley Curtis, Penn State University.
- Pigs have a good sense of direction, and adult pigs can run at speeds up to 17 kilometres per hour.
- Pigs have a great sense of smell. Their powerful but sensitive snout is a highly developed sense organ.
- Pigs have four toes on each hoof, but only walk on two toes per foot.