Piggy in the middle.

Many people see pigs in a different light to what they really are set in, Here are a few facts about pigs we enjoyed reading.pig-fact-1

• Pigs are extraordinarily intelligent. They are curious and insightful animals who are widely accepted as being smarter than young children of at least 3 years of age, dogs, and even some primates.

• Pigs are extremely social animals. They form close bonds with other individuals and love close contact and lying down together.

• Pigs are very clean, keeping their toilet area far away from where they lie down and eat. Even new born piglets will leave the nest to go to the toilet within hours of birth.

• Pigs are very peaceful animals, rarely showing aggression. The exception, as with many animals, is when a mother (sow) with her young offspring is provoked or threatened.pigs-direction

• Wild pigs play an important role in managing ecosystems and maintaining biodiversity. By rooting, and thus disturbing the soil, they create areas for new plant colonisation. They also spread fruit plants by dispersing their seeds.

• Pigs have a tremendous sense of smell. The large round disk of cartilage at the tip of the snout is connected to muscle that gives it extra flexibility and strength for rooting in the ground.
• There are numerous stories of pigs that have saved the lives of humans. For example, a pet pig called Pru pulled her owner out of a muddy bog, and another, Priscilla, saved a young boy from drowning.

• Like humans, pigs are omnivores, meaning they eat both plants and other animals.pigs-dream

• A pig’s snout is an important tool for finding food in the ground and sensing the world around them.

• Mother pigs sing to their young while nursing.

• Pigs don’t “sweat like pigs”

• People who run animal sanctuaries for farmed animals often report that pigs, like humans, enjoy listening to music, playing with soccer balls, and getting massages.

We hope you enjoyed your read 🙂

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