- A pig's squeal can range from 110-115 decibels. Compare that to the
Concorde jet, which is usually under 112 decibels
- Baby pigs appear very greedy when they are competing for food from
their mothers. For this reason the words "pig" and
- hog" have come to be associated with greedy behavior.
- Pigs are weaned when they are two to four weeks old. They are called
"nursery pigs" until they reach 50 pounds and
- growing/finishing pigs" from then until they reach about 240
pounds. After that they are called hogs. Hogs are usually taken to market
when they weigh 240-280 pounds
- Insulin and about 40 other medicines are made from pigs.
- Pigs are not dirty. They can't sweat, so they roll in the mud to
- Pig heart valves have been used to replace damaged human heart valves.
- Pig fat can be used in weed killers, chalk, cosmetics, floor wax,
crayons and antifreeze.
- A pig can run a seven-minute mile.
- Pigs are brave.
- Pigs are curious and like to keep busy.
- Pigs weigh about 2 1/2 pounds at birth
- A mother pig is called a sow, a father pig is called a boar and a
baby pig is called a piglet.
- A whole group of pigs is called a herd.
- A sow can give birth to 8 - 12 piglets in one litter, and can have
2 litters in one year.
- Some pigs have straight tails. Others have curly tails.
- Pigs have four toes on each hoof. Pigs walk on only two of their toes
on each foot. They look like they are walking on tiptoe.
- Bones & skin are used for glue, pigskin garments, gloves, shoes
- Hair is used for artist's brushes, insulation, upholstery.
- Dried bones are used for buttons, bone china.
- Pigs are a source of nearly 40 drugs and pharmaceuticals such as insulin.
- Pig heart valves are surgically implanted in humans to replace diseased