As we’ve already seen, pigs attract some very conflicting opinions and that theme continues. Despite their reputation as dirty and wallowing in mud, they are clean animals and instead of smelling bad, they have an amazing sense of smell. They are paradox after paradox!
Pigs are exceptionally intelligent, very inquisitive and highly social animals that actively interact with their environment when given a chance. This sense of curiosity and their playful, lively nature combine with their brains resulting in excellent problem solving skills. They are also emotional and have their own personalities:
“Pigs display consistent behavioral and emotional characteristics that have been described variously as personality. e.g., coping styles, response types, temperament, and behavioral tendencies.”
– Lori Marino and Christina M. Colvin
It is, in part, because of their intelligence that we have been able to work with them, such as in truffle hunting. They use their snout, which is a precise hunting tool, to rustle out the prized truffles in the leaf litter. They find the gold in the mud. If you are reading this because an oracle card has come up, then it might be worth thinking about this in more depth. Are you missing something because it is hidden? Are you working to find the good in bad situations?
Pigs are also able to detect landmines using similar skills. They have also been used to cheer people up by visiting retirement homes and hospitals, used in therapy and taken into classrooms to help children learn about animals. According to the American Mini Pig Association:
“Pigs have been recognized by families of children with autism to help with vocalization and calming. Pigs have been known to detect low blood sugar in their owners with diabetes or detect and warn of oncoming seizures. They can ease anxiety and panic attacks and improve the symptoms of depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in some individuals.”
And the benefits aren’t just to humans. Pigs have been called the gardeners of the forest. Their natural behaviour means they turn over leaf litter, rotivating and ploughing as they go about their day. They also help with composting and spreading seeds, all of which are important to the ecosystem.
Finally, apparently I can’t write blog posts these days without diving into sex… So, when it comes to pigs, here’s a few interesting titbits…
- At one point in recent history, England was exporting fresh and frozen pig seamen to china to be used to improve their stock
- Boars produce a lot of seminal fluid, on average about 250ml per ejaculate (humans are a mere 2-4ml) and…
- because of the amount of fluid being transferred, ejaculation alone takes about 15 minutes and the male can’t pull out part way through because…
- it’s penis is shaped in such a way that after a few thrusts it gets sort of locked in… Only once the act is over, can he easily remove himself.
- After all this, the sow will give birth three months, three weeks and three days later. I don’t know how spot on that its but the three times three of it pleases me and makes me wonder about the numerological meaning of three!