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April 25th, 2013
Thirteen Facts About Pigs

Thursday Thirteen

Since many of my discussions with my sister this week have centered on farming and animals I thought I’d do a TT on pigs.

Thirteen Facts About Pigs

Pig, Royal Easter Show, Sydney

1. The domestic pig are descendants of the wild boars of Europe and Africa.

2. Male pigs are called boars. Female pigs are called sows. Baby pigs are called piglets. A group of pigs is a herd.

3. Pigs are highly intelligent and can be taught tricks. Remember the movie, Babe?

4. Pigs can be very dangerous, especially wild pigs, and they’re very speedy when they want to be. Just ask my sister!

5. Some pigs have curly tails while others have straight tales.

6. The valves from pig hearts are used to replace damaged ones in humans.

7. Pigs have an excellent sense of smell. They’re expert at finding truffles.

8. Pigs live for 9 – 15 years, although some of the sows my father owns are much older  (around 20)

9. Pigs are very clean animals in that they don’t soil their sleeping areas or where they eat.

10. Sows bear 8 – 12 piglets in a litter and can have two litters a year.

11. Pigs can get sunburned (especially pink pigs) and require shelter from the sun.

12. Pigs don’t have sweat glands, and they wallow in mud to cool down.

13. Pigs make good pets, but a prospective owner should definitely do their research first.

Do you like bacon for breakfast? Crispy or not?

My answer: No, ’cause I eat a mainly vegetarian diet. I do like the smell of bacon cooking though. Hubby likes bacon but not crispy.

33 comments to “Thirteen Facts About Pigs”

  1. Anthony North
      · April 25th, 2013 at 2:20 am · Link

    Great info. One of the UK’s celebrity chefs has a pet pig called Lunch.

    • Shelley Munro
        · April 25th, 2013 at 2:38 am · Link

      I’d be a bit worried if I were that pig :)

  2. sandy1943
      · April 25th, 2013 at 3:46 am · Link

    quite a list loving your pics below in Turkey

  3. CountryDew
      · April 25th, 2013 at 5:26 am · Link

    Our neighbor raised pigs. You could smell them for miles when the wind was right.

    • Shelley Munro
        · April 25th, 2013 at 2:30 pm · Link

      Yes, they can be a bit smelly en mass!

  4. Kimberly Menozzi
      · April 25th, 2013 at 6:34 am · Link

    Here in Reggio Emilia, you can always find pig farms on the outskirts of town (this is, after all, the area where prosciutto – a.k.a. Parma ham – comes from). Luckily, I live in town, so I don’t get treated to the fragrance. But take a ride with the windows down outside of town, and… HOO-BOY! That’s powerful stuff!

    Happy TT to you!

    (And for the record: I like my bacon a bit chewy.) ;)

    • Shelley Munro
        · April 25th, 2013 at 2:31 pm · Link

      I feel sorry for the people living closer to the farms. There used to be a cowshed near us and also silage piles. They were very fragrant when the wind blew in our direction. They’re gone now, cleared to make way for a housing estate.

  5. Pearl
      · April 25th, 2013 at 7:04 am · Link

    I’ve heard the theory that bacon smells good not because it’s the latent cannibalism in human, even to vegans, but because it has universal survival traits of fat smell and smoke fires. It’s

    • Shelley Munro
        · April 25th, 2013 at 2:33 pm · Link

      You could be right. I’d never eat it but I can appreciate the aroma.

  6. Pearl
      · April 25th, 2013 at 7:06 am · Link

    Pigs farms only smell because of the kind of agribusiness, pig jailblocks like the chicken barns of thousands. a pig is as you say, naturally smart and clean. the rank smell probably distresses the pigs as much as the humans.

    • Shelley Munro
        · April 25th, 2013 at 2:34 pm · Link

      I’m not a fan of this type of farming. My father used to have quite a few pigs, but they were free range. He doesn’t have as many now that he is older.

  7. Jennifer Leeland
      · April 25th, 2013 at 7:20 am · Link

    I just like bacon but crispy is my favorite.

    • Shelley Munro
        · April 25th, 2013 at 2:34 pm · Link

      Crispy bacon seems to be an American thing. At least my unscientific observations tell me this.

  8. Mia Celeste
      · April 25th, 2013 at 7:31 am · Link

    There are pig races at the State Fair. The pigs run through this maze for a food reward at the finish line. I’ve heard that the race coordinators have to keep replacing the pig racers because the piglets are too smart. They figure out where the food is and take short cuts. Pigs are interesting.

    • Shelley Munro
        · April 25th, 2013 at 2:35 pm · Link

      That must be funny, yet frustrating for the organizers.

  9. Maria Zannini
      · April 25th, 2013 at 7:47 am · Link

    We have wild hogs in our area and they are very dangerous. Fortunately, I’ve never seen them on my property, maybe because I have big dogs.

    We do plan to raise one pig a year once Greg retires. There is nothing like farm-raised pork.

    Oh, for the record, I like my bacon chewy, just short of snapping crisp.

    • Shelley Munro
        · April 25th, 2013 at 2:38 pm · Link

      My father has wild boars visiting his pigs to be “sociable”
      I’ve heard my dad’s tales of gored dogs etc when he used to hunt. They are very dangerous. I can’t imagine hunting them with spears as they must have done generations ago.

  10. Alice Audrey
      · April 25th, 2013 at 7:49 am · Link

    We like bacon now and then, but not regularly and rarely have time for it for breakfast.

    I can’t seem to visualize a pig with a straight tail.

    • Shelley Munro
        · April 25th, 2013 at 2:39 pm · Link

      Most of the ones I’ve seen have a sort of corkscrew action, but I guess it’s no different from dog’s tails. They can go either way.

  11. Colleen@LooseLeafNotes
      · April 25th, 2013 at 8:22 am · Link

    They are certainly cleaner than chickens. I enjoyed learning about pigs today.

    • Shelley Munro
        · April 25th, 2013 at 2:39 pm · Link

      Chickens can be very messy!

  12. Paige Tyler
      · April 25th, 2013 at 8:23 am · Link

    Love that piggie! Fun TT!


    My TT is at

    • Shelley Munro
        · April 25th, 2013 at 2:40 pm · Link

      I took this photo at the Sydney show. I always enjoy checking out the animals.

  13. Angela Brown
      · April 25th, 2013 at 10:13 am · Link

    I do enjoy the takes of ham and some delicious friend pork chops, but have leaned more toward turkey bacon recently. Now, put some tasty pork bacon in front of me, crispy or slightly chewy, and it will get eaten :-)

    • Shelley Munro
        · April 25th, 2013 at 2:41 pm · Link

      Turkey isn’t as big over here, but I’ve seen something similar in our supermarkets. It’s much lower in fat, right?

  14. Gerri Bowen
      · April 25th, 2013 at 10:19 am · Link

    Interesting! I like bacon crisp.

    • Shelley Munro
        · April 25th, 2013 at 2:41 pm · Link

      Another vote for crisp bacon :)

  15. Adelle Laudan
      · April 25th, 2013 at 12:10 pm · Link

    We had a pet pig, Jenny. So cute when we picked her up from the farm. So, not cute about a year or so later.
    Pigs can be VERY territorial. In my case, she became that way over my partner. Before the break up, I was actually scared of her at times. She could be very aggressive.
    I have a Pig tattoo of her. lol
    Happy T13!

    • Shelley Munro
        · April 25th, 2013 at 2:42 pm · Link

      I know that the sows can be very dangerous if you get too close to their litters. Dad has many stories about checking on his pigs and having to take to his scrappers to escape an irate mother.

  16. Ron.
      · April 25th, 2013 at 3:39 pm · Link

    Pigs, like cats, are comfort food.

  17. Sandra Cox
      · April 28th, 2013 at 8:41 am · Link

    Good info. No bacon for me.

  18. Heather
      · April 30th, 2013 at 2:59 pm · Link

    The things you miss when your computer decides to act up… While I do like bacon, sausage and pork ribs/roast, I’ve not been very fond of pigs themselves since a certain episode of “Criminal Minds” a few years back. That’s the one episode I can’t watch in reruns.