Weirdly Interesting 17 Fun Facts You Should Know About Pigs That'll Make You Appreciate Them Even More  

Corey Barger
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Although you can probably name every type of pork dish you like to eat, or which recipes go much better with bacon, you probably aren't aware of the fact that pigs are actually incredibly intelligent animals. If you were looking for a group discussion on how great BBQ baby back pork ribs are, you've come to the wrong place. This list is chock full of fun facts about pigs, and all of their smelly, adorable, lesser-known attributes. These sweet little pink porkers are one of the coolest animals around, and you'll see why they're often made the subject of movies and books. 

This list of fun facts about pigs is sure to make you squeal with delight, but it's also designed to give you more information about pigs. Did you know that pigs are able to walk on two toes? Or that they have been soldiers? Pigs are highly engaging and interactive — some say that they're even smarter than children.

Pigs Are Smarter Than Children


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Pigs are considered by some scientists to be smarter than 3-year-old children. Research shows that they have rather in-depth cognitive ability. Some pigs are even able to play simple video games.

Pigs Love To Sing


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Baby pigs love the sound of their mother's voice, so mother pigs often "sing" to their babies while nursing. You can check out a mama pig serenading her little ones in the above video. 

Pigs Spend Their Days Like Humans


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People who run pig sanctuaries say that pigs spend a lot of their leisure time like some humans. They enjoy listening to music, playing with soccer balls, and getting massages.

Pigs Have A Great Sense Of Smell, And They Use It To Find Delicious Food For Humans


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Pigs have large noses made entirely of cartilage. The tips of their snouts are connected to muscles that give them extra strength and flexibility for rooting in the ground. Some pigs are domesticated as "truffle pigs," and use their superior sense of smell to find truffles buried in the ground. It is believed that the smell of truffles is similar to the smell of a male pig's sex hormones.