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Saturday, January 4, 2014


After reading the recent post on "Fools Rush In" where she made this statement "Pigs have long symbolized progress. A pig can't turn his head to look back without turning completely around, so it's believed that pigs are always looking to the future." I became more curious about pigs so did some checking and found some of the most amazing facts.....

Did you know that pigs are ranked #4 in animal intelligence? Chimpanzees are ranked at the top together with the gorilla, orangutan, baboon, gibbon and monkey. Dolphins and killer whales are ranked #2. Elephants are #3. Pigs are #4 They are very intelligent and can learn to do tricks faster than dogs. They have learned to push a lever in the barnyard to get a drink of water or a dish of food, and have been taught to tumble, dance, and even pull a cart.

Mostly know as “pig, hog, porker or swine” but to be more precise, a male pig is a boar. A castrated male is a barrow. A female pig who has not been bred yet is a gilt. And a female pig who has had piglets (baby pigs) is a sow. A sow can give birth to a litter containing 7 to 12 piglets about twice a year and only requires a little less than four months to do so.

A full grown pig can drink up to 14 gallons of water a day and Pigs have four toes on each foot and each toe ends in a hoof. They only walk on the two middle toes on each foot so they look as if they are on their tiptoes.
A pig's squeal can range from 110 to 115 decibels. Compare that to the take-off sound of a jet engine - about 112 decibels
Pigs like to wallow in mud so most people think they are dirty but the fact is pigs do not have functional sweat glands, so they can't perspire to cool themselves. They roll around in the mud to cool their skin and to protect their skin form sunburn, flies and insect bites.
Ever see a pig with a ring in its nose?
There is a reason for this.....You see pigs have a powerful sense of smell. and some farmers put rings in pigs' noses to keep them from rooting, or digging up the earth with their snouts and causing damage to their farms. In fact soldier pigs have gone to war. On battlefields, they have used their sensitive snouts as mine sniffers.  In the forests of Europe and North America some pigs are trained to root for truffles, a delicacy that grows underground.
Here is the reason for some well known sayings:
 The saying "living high on the hog" started among enlisted men in the U.S. Army who received shoulder and leg cuts of pork while officers received the top loin cuts. “ The top brass was living high on the hog.

 "Don’t buy a pig in a poke?" That comes from the 17th century England when it was a common trick to try to give away a cat to an unsuspecting shopper buying a suckling (young) pig. Upon arriving home when he opened the poke (sack), he "let the cat out of the bag," and found he had been cheated.

Think pork fat is a waste? Here are just a few of the many products made from it: Cosmetics, floor wax, crayons, chalk, weed killers, anti-freeze, glass, china, adhesives, plastics, paint, chewing gum, shoes, and many more.
Here area a few more amazing things derived from pigs...Pig heart valves have been used to replace damaged human heart valves.
Insulin and more than 40 other pharmaceuticals and medicines are derived from pig products.

and of course we wouldn't want to forget our piggy banks...
 How they got their names? You can discover here.

There are around 2 billion domestic pigs on the planet
and when we were in Hawaii the hotel where we stayed had a little pot belly pig
who greeted us with a wiggling tail and stole my heart.
Hope you too have a little different view of a pigs now like I do.


Granny Annie said...

Thank you for the shout out and thank you thank you for this generous amount of information of pigs. We had two pigs visit us on our place in Kansas for a few months and I did not know then what I know now. If I had, I would have treated them with much more respect. Perhaps down the line I will acquire a small pig for my farm here.

Chatty Crone said...

I love little pink pigs - I even wanted one - but I don't think it would work out. lol
Stay warm,

Lady Di Tn said...

Never would have thought to do a post on pigs. You slay me with all the different topics you share with us. Now a sow with piglets are the meanest animal on the planet. The runts were often taken as pets when I was growing up and we bottle fed them. Nothing is cuter than a baby pig. I kind of miss saving the left overs for the pigs and chickens. Country girls always want domestic animals. I have been wanting chickens for years but Prince and Mimi have said no. Every year in the spring at TSC I droll over the little Peeps. Peace

Dana said...

Very interesting! I love pigs. I wanted a pot belly pig for the longest time. They're adorable. ☺