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Transcript of Pigs
A typical pig has a large head with a long snout, floppy pointed ears and four hoofed toes on each trotter (foot) with two large central toes. Don't forget that cute squiggly tail!
They use their snout to dig in soil to find food, it is a very acute sense organ.
Pigs consume both plants and animals, making them omnivores. In the wild, they forage, eating mainly leaves, grasses, roots, fruits and flowers. Domestic pigs are fed mostly corn and soybean meal with a mixture of vitamins and minerals. Some pigs will consume three to five gallons of water a day.
Wild pigs can take advantage of any forage resources meaning they can live in just about any productive habitat that can provide enough water to sustain large mammals such as pigs.
Domesticated pigs that have escaped from farms or were allowed to roam in the wild, or have been released as hunting prey, have increased populations of feral pigs in North and South America, Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, and other areas where pigs are not native. Weather on purpose or not the release of pigs into countries or environments where they are not native to have caused extensive environmental change. The omnivorous diet, aggressive behavior, and their feeding method of these feral pigs, all combined severely alter ecosystems unused to pigs. They will sometimes even eat small animals and destroy nests of ground nesting birds.
The Invasive Species Specialist Group lists feral pigs on the list of the world's 100 worst invasive species and says: "Feral pigs like other introduced mammals are major drivers of extinction and ecosystem change. They have been introduced into many parts of the world, and will damage crops and home gardens as well as potentially spreading disease. They uproot large areas of land, eliminating native vegetation and spreading weeds. This results in habitat alteration, a change in plant succession and composition and a decrease in native fauna dependent on the original habitat. ”
Pig Take Over!
In many societies pigs are shown in the traditional art and literature, including religious symbolism. In Asia the wild boar is one of twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac, in Europe the boar represents a standard charge in heraldry. Pigs are frequently indicated in proverbs, metaphors, idioms, and folk art.
Religious & Cultural Symbols
Pigs also called swine, are raised commercially for meat (pork, hams, gammon or bacon). Pork is one of the most popular forms of meat for human consumption. They are also used for leather and their bristly hair used for brushes. Due to their common use as livestock, adult swine have gender specific names: the males are boars or hogs, the females are sows and young are called piglets or pigs.
Visayan warty pig
Celebes Wary Pig
Java Warty Pig
Oliver's Warty Pig
Philippine Warty pig
Heude's pig (AKA) Red river hog
Tirpitz aboard HMS Glasgow