A five-month-old pig named Amy is making news: according to USA Today, she is the “top dog” in a canine agility class in suburban Washington.
A first for the training center, Amy “is a quick learner and very motivated by food rewards.” Amy’s guardian, Lori Stock, explains that Amy is the smartest “dog” she’s ever trained.
And it should come as no surprise. Pigs are considered the fifth-most intelligent animal in the world, even more intelligent than the family dog.
Here are a few more facts about pigs that you might not know:
- Pigs are capable of playing video games with even more focus and success than chimps!
- Mother pigs sing to their young while nursing, and newborn piglets recognize and run to their mothers’ voices.
- Pigs enjoy snuggling close to one another and prefer to sleep nose-to-nose.
- Pigs have excellent object-location memory. If they find grub in a specific spot, they’ll remember to look there next time!
- Pigs have a sophisticated sense of direction. They can find their way home from huge distances away.
Pigs are sentient beings, who experience joy, fear, and pain just like the dogs with whom many of us share our lives. Sadly, many pigs suffer unimaginable cruelty at the hands of the brutal meat industry.
The best way to safeguard these sensitive and intelligent beings from lives of despair and misery is not to eat them. To order your free Vegetarian Starter Guide, click here.
Photo: Joshua Lewis, AP