National Pig Day: 8 Pig Facts You Probably Didn’t Know

Pigs just always seem to be associated with negative things. A dirty room is often likened to a “pigsty”, and when you sweat more than normal, someone would most likely tell you that you’re “sweating like a pig”. However, once you get to know our porcine friends a little bit more, you’ll see that being called a “pig” isn’t too bad after all.

Pigs just always seem to be associated with negative things. A dirty room is often likened to a “pigsty”, and when you sweat more than normal, someone would most likely tell you that you’re “sweating like a pig”. However, once you get to know our porcine friends a little bit more, you’ll see that being called a “pig” isn’t too bad after all.

In celebration of National Pig Day, we’ve listed 8 surprising pig facts for you down below!

 

Fact No. 1: Pigs don’t sweat!

Yep—unlike humans, pigs don’t have sweat glands! To keep themselves cool, they simply enjoy a good roll in the mud. Makes you wonder why the term, “sweat like a pig” is even a thing, right?

 

Fact No. 2: Pigs are incredibly smart

You may already know that pigs are one of the most intelligent animals, but pigs aren’t only smarter than dogs, cats, and some primates—no, no—they have a higher mental capacity than 3-year-old human kids!

National Pig Day: 8 Pig Facts You Probably Didn’t Know

 

Fact No.3: Pigs are one of the cleanest animals around

Think pigs are filthy? Well, think again! Aside from having an outstanding level of intelligence, they’re known to be incredibly hygienic. When given the choice, pigs will refuse to go number 2 in their living and eating area. A study  even found that pigs will wash dirty food when they can!

 

Fact No. 4: Mama pigs sing their babies to sleep

We’re not the only species that sing lullabies to babies—pigs do, too! You see, baby pigs can recognize their mama’s voice, and like a human baby, they find comfort in hearing it. So when nursing, mama pigs sometimes sing a little lullaby to help her piglets sleep.

National Pig Day: 8 Pig Facts You Probably Didn’t Know

 

Fact No. 5: Pigs are big on talking

Believe it or not, but pigs talk to each other a lot, and no, they don’t just say “oink”. Over 20 different vocalizations have been identified so far, each one with a specific meaning—from a simple greeting to wooing a mate to “Hey human, where’s the grub?”.

National Pig Day: 8 Pig Facts You Probably Didn’t Know

 

Fact No. 6: Pigs are practically blind

If there’s an animal that needs glasses, it’s pigs! Aside from only being able to see certain colors, they also have really bad short-range vision and a limited ability to visually focus.

 

Fact No. 7: Pigs have an amazing sense of smell

They may have poor eyesight, but they make up for it with their excellent sense of smell. They’re capable of detecting scents 5 to 7 miles away and up to 25 feet underground! That’s why they’re traditionally used to sniff out truffles.

National Pig Day: 8 Pig Facts You Probably Didn’t Know

 

 Fact No. 8: Pigs are louder than jet engines

Nope, we’re not kidding. The noise level of jet engines reaches up to 112 decibels, but pigs can top that and produce squeals as loud as 115 decibels!

National Pig Day: 8 Pig Facts You Probably Didn’t Know

 

What other surprising pig facts do you know? Share them down in the comments!

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