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Friday, March 8, 2019

What Do You Know :::: Pigs

Pigs are one of the smartest animals on the planet. How smart are you?? See what you know about pigs

  • In their natural state, pigs are very clean animals. They keep their toilets far from their living or feeding area.
Pigs are the only farm animals that make a separate sleeping den (which they keep spotless) and use a latrine area. They just don’t look clean.

If you’ve ever suggested a friend was “sweating like a pig”, you were wrong. In fact, pigs barely sweat at all. Pigs only have a few sweat glands, and to control their temperature they huddle in the cold, and pant or wallow when it gets hot.
  • They are much more tolerant of colder temperatures than heat. Pigs have no sweat glands, so they can't sweat hence enjoy being in mud to keep themselves cool.

Adult hogs are most comfortable and grow best when the daily temperature ranges between 55 to 70 degrees/ Baby pigs, however, need to be warmer between 85 to 90 degrees. It does not take long before a pig is more comfortable at 70 degrees 

Pig society is based around the harem: a dominant male surrounded by groups called “sounders”, each consisting of a sow and her litter, who stay together until the young come of age. Sounders continually communicate through grunts, squeaks and sniffs.
  • Pigs are very social animals. They form close bonds with each other and other species and some like to cuddle up close, especially at low temperatures.
The grunts made by pigs vary depending on the pig's personality and can convey important information about the welfare of this highly social species, new research has found.
  • When they are trained, piglets can learn their names by two to three weeks of age and respond when called and can learn tricks faster than dogs. 
Pigs are highly intelligent. Like dogs, they can be easily housebroken, taught to fetch and come to heel. Pigs can learn to dance, race, pull carts and sniff out landmines.
  • Pigs use their grunts to communicate with each other. The grunts made by pigs vary depending on the pig's personality and can convey important information about the welfare of this highly social species.
  • Pigs have very long memories and can remember things even years later.

  • Newborn piglets learn to run to their mothers’ voices, and mother pigs can communicate with them through her grunts while they suckle. From scientific research it is found that piglets have a certain teat order, and every piglet has its own teat.
  • The highest density of tactile receptors is found in the pig's snout. Pigs use it mainly to dig in the dirt and smell for food. A pig´s sense of smell is about 2000 times more sensitive than humans. 
  • They like to get massages, (in natural conditions) use trees for rubbing, relax while listening to music, are very curious animals and like enrichment.

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