10 Things You Never Knew About Pigs
10 Fab Facts about Pigs.
1, Pigs have 44 teeth in total. The back teeth are adapted for crushing. In the male, the canine teeth are longer and form tusks, which grow continuously and are sharpened by being ground together contiuously.
2, There are 2 billion domestic pigs alive at any one time. This makes them one of the most numerous large mammals on the planet. The ancestor of the domestic pig is the wild boar- another numerous and large spread mammal.
3, Pigs are mostly omnivores- the eat plants and animals. In the wild, the pigs are foraging animals and favour grasses, fruits, roots and flowers. In captivity, the pigs are fed on corn and soybean meal, enriched with essential vitamins and minerals.
4, Domesticated pigs are reared for pork meat, leather and their hairs are often used for bristles. Some breeds of pig- most notably the Asian pot bellied pig- are kept as pets.
5, Pigs are extremely clean animals- many people believe this to be the opposite, with parents often telling their children their bedroom is like a ‘pig-sty’, definitely not the case. Pigs will do mess and eat in the same area. They also prefer a separate place to sleep.
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6, Pigs are used to find truffles across Europe. Truffles are an extremely expensive luxury item that are found using pigs incredible foraging ability. The most expensive truffle is reported to have sold for $330,000 in 2010 for a truffle that weighed just 3lbs!
7, Pigs belong to the genus sus and there are 10 known living species of sus alive today, with many others known to be extinct.
8, Pigs are extremely intelligent and can be taught to perform various numerous tasks and tricks. They have recently become a popular choice as a house pet- particularly the dwarf variety.
9, There are several religions and cultures that defien pigs as ‘uclean’ and ‘unhealthy’ and thus it is against the religion/ culture to eat pork meat.
10, Famous pigs: Babe (the sheep-pig), Wilbur (from Charlotte’s Web), Miss Piggy, Peppa Pig, The Tamworth Two (pigs who escaped an abattoir lorry in Wiltshire, January 1998)