Did you know?
? Pigs communicate constantly with one another.
? Pigs appear to have a good sense of direction and have found their way home over great distances.
? Pigs do not “eat like pigs” or “pig out.” They prefer to eat slowly and savor their food.
? Pigs are clean animals. They will be careful not to soil the area where they sleep or eat. Pigs don’t “sweat like pigs”; they are unable to sweat. They like to bathe in water or mud to keep cool, and they actually prefer water to mud.
? Pigs have a tremendous sense of smell.
? Winston Churchill famously said that “Dogs look up to man. Cats look down to man. Pigs look us straight in the eye and see an equal.”
? The pig is the last of the 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac. The pig is seen to represent, fortune, honesty, happiness and virility.
? Pigs have 15,000 taste buds! Humans have 9,000.
? An adult pig can run up to 11 miles per hour.
? Pigs drink up to 14 gallons of water every day.
? There are about 2 billion pigs on earth!
? Pigs live on every continent except for Antarctica.
? Pigs have 4 toes on each foot but they only walk on 2.
? China has the most domesticated pigs in the world! The United States is 2nd.
? People with allergies sometimes have pigs as pets because they have hair not fur and they do not shed.
? Pigs are easily trained to walk on a leash, use a litter box and do tricks.
? In Denmark there twice as many pigs as people!
? Wild pigs are one of the most destructive animals in America causing more than $400mil damage a year in TX alone.
? There is a species of pig called “Mangalitsa” which has wool on it which resembles that of a sheep
? Male pigs raised for pork are castrated before puberty in order to prevent naturally occurring substances from appearing in the meat that causes unpleasant odors when cooked
? In 1977, the band Pink Floyd tied a giant inflatable pig to a power station as a publicity stunt. The pig broke free and floated over Heathrow Airport, where all flights had to be grounded to avoid collisions with the pig
? Around 20 million years ago, 7-foot tall, 2000 lb pigs roamed the earth
? Pigs are immune to snake venom
? When a domestic pig gets out into the wild, it will revert to a wild state in a matter of months, growing tusks, a hairy coat and becoming more aggressive
? Female pigs were used to hunt truffles as they are attracted to their smell, which resembles that of a male pig’s sex hormones. The use of pigs to hunt truffle was banned in Italy in 1985 as they tend to damage the truffles while hunting.
? For five centuries pigs could be tried and convicted of crimes in Europe. In some cases, the animals had lawyers working in their defense