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5 fun facts about pigs

 

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Did you know that March 1 is National Pig Day? These mammals are actually some of the smartest and most fascinating members of the animal kingdom. So kick off your shoes, roll around in the mud, and let out your best OINK! Mr. Orlando is here with some cool facts about these amazing animals.

 

Fact: Brave pigs have been known to save lives
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There are many stories of pigs that have saved the lives of humans: a pig named Lucky saved a woman and her daughter from a fire in their mobile home; LuLu the Vietnamese pot-bellied pig saved her owner who had a heart attack by alerting passersby; and Ludwig the pot-bellied pig scared off a gang of burglars.

 

Fact: Whether wild or domestic, they’re super fast runners.
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Pigs are sprinters — which means they can run really fast for a short distance, but then they tire out easily. A domestic pig can run at speeds of around 17 km/h, and wild pigs can run even faster. Even though they can weigh up to 91 kilograms each, a wild pig can run at speeds of around 50 km/h. If you ever ran after a pig, it would be hard work because they don’t like to run in a straight line — they would rather zig-zag around.

 

Fact: They have poor eyesight, but an amazing sense of smell.
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A pig’s snout is an important and powerful tool that helps these animals find food and navigate the world. The pig’s snout is very flexible, allowing pigs to root out food from the ground. Farmers even use pigs to search for valuable truffle mushrooms hidden underneath the dirt.

 

Fact: They’re among the smartest of all domesticated animals.
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Pigs are very smart. Both inquisitive and insightful, these animals are smarter than children under three years of age, as well as dogs, and even some primates. I bet you know a few!

 

Fact: Since they can’t sweat, they cool off with a mud bath.
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Pigs don’t sweat, as they have very few sweat glands. Instead they have to cool off by lowering the temperature outside their bodies. That’s why pigs are often found rolling around in pools of refreshingly cool mud. It’s a pig pool party!