A pig is any of the animals in the genus Sus, within the Suidae family of even-toed ungulates. Pigs include the domestic pig, its ancestor the wild boar, and several other wild relatives – my personal favorite is the micro pig!
Pigs are often given a bit of rough time, they’re associated with being stupid, smelly and we even use the word ‘pig’ to insult other people. Yet pigs are actually very intelligent animals and don’t smell quite as bad as you may think.
Did you know: that pigs are excellent problem solvers and have been touted as one of the smartest animals in the world. Researchers have found that domestics pigs can quickly learn how mirrors work and will use their understanding of reflections to scope out their surrounding for food - a skill also demonstrated the clever monkey. Other researchers have found that pigs are brilliant at learning new routines, doing circus worthy tricks: jumping hoops, bowing and standing, spining and making wordlike sounds on command, rolling out rugs, herding sheep, closing and opening cages, playing videogames with joysticks, and more.
Did you know: pigs don’t actually sweat because they don’t have any sweat glands (except on the end of their snouts), so pigs aren’t that smelly after all. Although they do roll around in the mud to keep themselves cool, which might lead to a bit of pong, but you can’t deny that they’re being pretty smart.