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The Pigs of Timbavati Wildlife Park

By Chris Taylor Monday, October 10, 2016

Greetings and welcome! This week’s topic is the Pigs of Timbavati Wildlife Park! There are some interesting facts about these animals many people don’t really know about. Let’s get started!

Pigs have been known to be a “dirty” animal. This is a common misconception. Sweat glands are next to none on these animals which does not allow the bodies to adjust to the temperature. For this reason they will roll in mud to keep cool. Pigs are actually quite clean and careful not to soil areas where they will eat and or sleep.

More About Pigs

Male pigs are called boars and the females are called sows. Sows will give birth to a litter of young. These baby pigs are called piglets and a group of piglets is called a swift. Piglets once weaned from their mothers milk are known not as piglets but are referred to as “shoats.” Piglets can weigh around 3 lbs at birth and can grow to be anywhere from 300-700 lbs and then some! Once fully grown pigs as a group are called a sounder.

Pigs have large heads with long snouts. These snouts have a special prenasal bone and cartilage which makes it impressively strong. They have sensitive nostrils and an incredible sense of smell. This comes in handy when using their strong snouts to search and root the ground for food.

You can often find pigs laying together as they love close contact. They are a very peaceful animal and just as social. They form very close bonds with individuals. We all have heard the squeal of the pig but that isn’t the only way communicate. There have been numerous vocalizations identified with the communication between these social animals.

Check out the video below to hear more fun facts and see our amazing pig family at Timbavati Wildlife Park!

Until next time!

 

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