Did you know that piglets will learn their names in just a few weeks? Or that pigs are very smart? They are considered to be the sixth smartest animal in the world. They can even be taught tricks! Pigs can learn their tricks faster than other pets. Read on to learn more interesting facts about pigs.
History Of Pigs
Our modern day pigs we see on farms came from Eurasia. They were domesticated about 10,000 years ago in Asia. However, the wild pigs in Europe are directly related to the pigs of today. Pigs have long been raised for food, and more recently as pets.
All pigs in the wild are more of a camouflage color. Because of this coloring, they are able to blend in to their surroundings and hide from any predators looking to eat them. However, it is thought that the color of pigs today is due to domestication. People would choose what colors they liked on pigs and then breed them to get what they were looking for. Eventually, they managed to have pink pigs, although there are still pigs that vary in colors.
Pigs are actually very clean animal contrary to popular belief. Even just hours after their birth, piglets will leave their mother to go and defecate elsewhere. They roll in mud to keep their skin cool since they don’t have sweat glands. However, if water was available, they would much rather swim than roll in mud. Did you know pigs are excellent swimmers?
Pigs are extremely social creatures. So much so that they form friendships pigs and other animals! They enjoy the company of other pigs so much they lay next to each other when sleeping. They are great pets as well; they enjoy interaction with humans, dogs, cats and other household animals. However, if pigs are left alone for long periods of time without any company, they can actually become depressed and gain excess weight. Pigs can be taught to go for walks on a leash, fetch, and to do other tricks.
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