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Saturday, February 13, 2010

Pig intelligence

Pig Intelligence
(Babe is legitimate)
Pigs are my all time favourite farm animal.  I have wanted one for as long as I can remember (along with an elephant for some reason).  This summer a guy brought his pet pig to the beach.  He tried to drink our beer (the pig not the guy).  These animals are way way more intelligent than we give them credit for and have flesh that is very very similar to humans.  Apparently the smell of burning pig flesh is what burning human flesh would smell like.  

Here are some reasons why pigs are intelligent:

This is an awesome wesite -


"Since most people are not that familiar with pigs, you may be surprised to learn that they dream, recognize their names, play video games more effectively than some primates, and lead social lives of a complexity previously observed only in primates.

People who run animal sanctuaries often describe pigs with human characteristics, because they’ve learned that, like humans, pigs enjoy listening to music, playing with soccer balls, and getting massages"

Pigs have been touted as the smartest, and the cleanest domestic animals in the world. The phrases, “sweat like a pig” or “smell like a pig”, may come to mind. But, consider that pigs don’t have sweat glands, and therefore, can’t sweat (except on the very ends of their snouts). The lack of sweat glands means lack of odor - affording no credibility to either statement.
To compensate for the lack of a natural way to bring their body temperature down, pigs seek out water or mud. Pigs rolling in mud may look uncouth, but they are actually being quite smart. The mud not only keeps them cool, but keeps biting pests at bay, and prevents sunburn.

Intelligence research was done with pigs in the 1990s. One of the experiments was to train the pigs to move the cursor on a video screen with their snouts. When the pigs used the cursors again, they were able to distinguish between the scribbles they already knew, and the scribbles they were seeing for the first time. The pigs learned this skill as fast as the chimpanzees.




How cool is this guy...

Here are some pics I took down south this week...


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