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Much like us, pigs love to cuddle and play. They are extremely intelligent and have excellent memories. They also enjoy listening to music. How cool is that?

Animal Profile

 

Lifespan

Pigs can live for up to 25 years.

Snout

A pig’s snout is 2,000 times more sensitive than a human’s nose. Pigs love to root. Rooting is when a pig turns over the earth by digging into it with their snout. A pig’s flat nose has a large, round disk of cartilage at the end – this makes it good for rooting around in the ground.

Skin

Pigs do not have sweat glands, which is why they enjoy wallowing in the mud.

Hooves

Did you know that pigs have toes? They have four toes on each hoof and can run up to 17km per hour.

Personality

Pigs are sentient, which means they can feel pleasure and pain just like we do.

Intelligence

Pigs are highly intelligent animals. They are thought to be at least as smart as a three-year-old child and probably smarter than dogs.

Did you know?

There are around two billion pigs in the world today. Sadly, most of them live in factory farms.

Reputation

Pigs are actually very clean animals; for example, they will not go to the toilet near where they eat or sleep.

Did you know?

Pigs are social animals. They form close bonds with others and enjoy playing and sleeping together.

Animal Bites

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