Hi Horse Pals ~
Here's a story on one of everyone's favorite farm animals! Enjoy!
Some of the most famous and well loved animals in children's literature have been Pigs... Babe, Wilbur and Freddie, to name a few. They are some of my favorite stories and I was excited a reader asked me to write about Pigs!
Fact #1 The hog (pig) has existed for at least 45 million years as a stocky, round bodied, flat snouted creature . They come in all sizes from the small pygmy hog (1 foot tall at the shoulder and 13 pounds) to the giant forest hog (40 inches at the shoulder and 300 pounds). Of course, domestic hogs can be much heavier (record is over 2500 pounds)
Fact #2 Average lifespan of pigs in the wild is 15-20 years but may be up to 27 years.
Fact #3 Litter size varies from 2-12 piglets. Domestic pigs have much larger litters with one of 37 recorded.
Fact #4 Hair varies from lots of bristles and practically hairless to the curly woolly coats of Ecuador herd hogs. Colors vary too, from the white or black solid and many colors in between to the rust colored with white and black highlights of the Red River Hog.
Fact #5 Pigs have no sweat glands and, therefore, do not sweat. Which means, pigs are clean: they do not sweat and become greasy. They only get dirty when they roll in mud to cool themselves off. Pigs need mud on their body for the following reasons: to cool themselves off (since they can’t sweat) and to keep bugs and other insects off their body.
Fact #6 A Pig's best sense is its smell—its long spout is very sensitive and can smell food a few feet below the land surface.
Fact #7 The largest pig was a Poland-China hog named "Big Bill." He weighed a portly 2,552 lbs and was so large that he dragged his belly on the ground. He had a shoulder height of 5 feet and a length of 9 feet.
Fact #8 A full grown pig can drink up to 14 gallons of water a day!
Fact #10 A frightened pig can scream as loud as a jet plane taking off! (113 decibels)