Piggy: 5 Piggy Pictures and 5 Facts

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Piglets are cute, but did you know they play an important role in heart surgery? Not only are they medically helpful, but you can teach them to do just about anything you can imagine, as long as you have delicious food.

Piglets are so much fun, so let's jump into five facts and pictures to learn more about them!

#1: Piggy Can’t Sweat

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Piglets control their body temperature by rolling in the mud.

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Unlike humans, pigs cannot sweat to help cool themselves down. Pigs don't sweat, but tend to control their breathing, and they like to roll in the mud to cool off.

Since they don't have sweat glands, they rely on something from the outside world to help them regulate their body temperature. Domestic pigs are often spoiled with misting systems to keep them cool all year round.

#2: Piggy can learn to juggle

Baby pigs learn tricks faster than dogs.

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Pigs are known for being smart animals, but I bet you didn't know they could learn tricks. Pigs learn tricks faster than dogs and can learn to show up when their name is called at about two or three weeks old.

You might think pigs are an unlikely animal to train, especially since they're notoriously lazy. However, pigs are among the smartest animals on earth. In fact, they rank fourth among most intelligent animals, after chimpanzees, dolphins, and elephants. That's a smart cookie!

Other popular tricks for teaching piglets are hoof wagging, spinning, sitting and staying. Piglets are very food motivated, so by showing them their favorite treat and asking them to complete a small task, they'll be more likely to complete it to get the treat.

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#3: Some Pigs Grow Up to Save Human Lives

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Some piglets are born and raised for medical purposes, thus saving human lives.

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I bet you didn't know that pigs are a translational research model. This means that when doctors test a drug treatment in piglets and it succeeds, it may also succeed in humans.

Not only do the piglets grow up to help discover medical treatments, but pigs have also been known to be used in operating theatres. For example, pig skin has been used in skin grafts for burn patients. Doctors have also seen success in improving pancreatic function in diabetic adults using porcine pancreatic cells. Finally, pig heart valves are commonly used in human surgery. These valves are roughly the same size and function as human heart valves, so they can be transplanted.

Pigs intended for medical use are bred and bred specifically for this purpose. Researchers have even worked to modify some pig genetic systems to be more compatible with humans.

Who knew pigs could have such a significant impact on the healthcare system?

#4: Piggy is a neat freak

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Piggy is one of the cleanest animals on the farm!

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Have you ever described a messy space as a pigsty? Although pigs have a reputation for being messy, they actually prefer to keep their living areas clean. In fact, if their living area is large enough, they will separate the living area from the toilet area.

Despite the saying "pigs out" when it comes to eating, pigs are also very clean eaters. They tend to take the time to savor their food rather than gobble it up. It just goes to show that pigs are the neatest compared to other farm animals.

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#5: Piggy learns to wag his tail

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Piglets wag their tails when they are excited or happy.

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Like dogs, pigs like to wag their tails when they are happy or content. One of the main times you'll see them do this is when they're being fed or playing with their friends and family. Pigs are social animals and apparently very smart too!

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FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

How much does a piggy weigh?

At birth, piglets can weigh 3 to 5 pounds. During the first eight weeks of life, piglets should gain about 30 extra pounds. At 12 weeks of age, they can reach nearly 12 times their birth weight.

What do pigs eat?

Piglets are suckled from their mother until they are about 9 to 10 weeks old, at which point solid food is not introduced. Solid foods pigs prefer include fruits, vegetables, and some insects.

Where does the piggy live?

Piglets are born needing nourishment from their mother; therefore, they must stay with their offspring for at least the first two months of life. Pigs typically live on grassy areas where they have good shelter from predators, produce plants for food, and have a steady flow of drinking water.

what's the pig's name

Piglets are called piglets. An adult sow that has given birth to a litter is called a sow, and a sow that has not given birth to a litter is called a gilt. Pigs are young pigs that have not yet reached adulthood but have passed the age of piglets. Adult boars are called pigs.

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