It is often said that dogs are man's best friend. But what if we were wrong? What if pigs were man's best friend instead?
For the most part, we choose pets according to personalities and physical characteristics. Cats are known for their independence. Dogs are known for being faithful and loyal. We choose to adopt goldfish because they are known for being calm and not taking too much space. However, one animal that is often ignored is the pig. This animal is often mocked and ignored in favor of other animals. However, pigs deserve their place as pets. What if pigs could be considered man's best friend?
Pigs are very intelligent animals
The intelligence that pigs have will shock you! A study in the International Journal Of Comparative Psychology has shown that pigs are more intelligent than dogs and cats and even more cunning than chimpanzees.
In the 18th century, the amount of trained pigs rose. In Dublin, in 1783, a pig was able to spell the names of the viewers thanks to cardsthe letters of the alpha corresponding to bet, it could also add up the numbers.
Nowadays, pigs don't count anymore. Instead they play video games! That's right! A pig is able to associate the movement of a cursor on a screen with the manipulation of a joystick. This shows surprising behavioral and mental flexibility. In addition, in 1997, a pig named Hamlet succeeded in moving his joystick to make the cursor move on the screen and make objects enter boxes, something that chimpanzees took longer to do and that dogs did not succeed in doing.
But that's not all! Pigs have a great memory. They can also communicate with each other, play with each other, and are able to recognize each other. Additionally, pigs are relatively emotional animals.
Pigs have saved lives!
Many stories tell of pigs who have saved their owner's life. This is the case for George Clooney. His pig, Max, was part of his life from 1987 to 2006 and accompanied him throughout his life. He is said to have saved George Clooney's life in 1994 by waking him up right before the 1994 earthquake in Northridge.
But that's not the only story of a pig saving its owner's life. In 1998, a pig named Lulu became famous for saving her human, Jo Ann, who had fell from a heart attack. Lulu lied down in the middle of the road so that a car would stop, one driver got out of his vehicule and followed Lulu until they arrived in front of her owner. Thanks to Lulu, Jo Ann was saved from her heart attack and accoring to her doctors, she would have not survived another 15 minutes without Lulu.
Yes! Pigs are very surprising animals! However, it is important to remember that if you want to adopt one, you will need space. Pigs need to be able to go for walks and to be able to spend time outside.