A picture of a piglet painting

A piglet painting

An artistic piglet

This piglet looks like he’s having a lot of fun with some paints and sponges. I hope he got a good clean afterwards.

A few good pig facts:

  • Pigs are very social creatures.
  • Their society is based around the harem: a dominant male surrounded by groups called “sounders”, each made up of a sow and her litter or piglets.
  • They stay together as a family until the young come of age.
  • Sounders continually communicate through a variety of noises including grunts, squeaks and sniffs.
  • Pigs are very clean animals.
  • They are the only farm animals that make a separate sleeping area which they always keep very clean.
  • They only have a bad reputation because they sometimes don’t look very clean.
  • Pigs are also very intelligent.
  • Just like dogs they can be house trained and can be taught to do all sorts of tricks and to fetch and walk at heel in the same way that dogs are.
  • In the nineteenth century they used to dress up pigs in fancy waistcoats and get them to do tricks. They were known as learned pigs.

Here’s a video of a well trained pig.

For a bit more reading here’s an article on pigs in Wired from a while ago. They talk about a BBC documentary called “Move over Babe” which features two pigs called Hamlet and Omelette who were trained to play video games and who actually excelled at it.