10 Facts You Didn’t Know About Pigs!

  1. Piglets recognise their mothers’ voices. Mother pigs sing to their babies while nursing. Listen to a song here; this mother pig has great rhythm!1. piglets nursing
  2. Pigs are clean animals. Given enough space, they will not soil areas where they eat and sleep.
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  3. Despite the popular saying ‘sweating like a pig’, pigs actually can’t sweat. Instead, they bathe in mud to keep cool.
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  4. In their natural surroundings, pigs are like humans. They enjoy exploring their environment, sunbathing, socialising and playing with their friends.untitled
  5. Pigs dream like humans. They like to snuggle and sleep nose to nose.
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  6. Pigs communicate constantly with each other. Over 20 different vocalisations for various situations have been identified.
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  7. 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.
  8. Pigs have a good sense of direction, and adult pigs can run at speeds up to 17 kilometres per hour.
  9. Pigs have a great sense of smell. Their powerful but sensitive snout is a highly developed sense organ.
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  10. Pigs have four toes on each hoof, but only walk on two toes per foot.
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