Like dogs, pigs are friendly, loyal and intelligent animals. In natural surroundings, they are very social living in packs of upto 30 pigs, who roam, groom and sleep huddled together. They are capable of responding to their name and learning tricks like sitting for a treat.
Studies done by animal behaviorists have demonstrated surprising intelligence levels in pigs. Pigs are known to dream, recognize their own names and learn tricks such as sitting for a treat. Pigs have been known to enjoy listening to music, playing with balls, getting massages and even playing video games.
Pigs communicate with each other, using more than 20 different sounds for different situations – from mating, expressing hunger, calling their kids and singing to their kids while nursing. Maternal bonds are strong with pigs, as is with all animals, with mother sows travelling upto six miles to find a sufficiently protected area to nest, which she then guards fiercely against any intruders. Piglets use distress calls when separated from their mother.
Playful & social animals
Very similar in behaviour to dogs, pigs are friendly, loyal and intelligent animals. In natural surroundings, pigs are playful and live in social groups of upto 30 other pigs. Every pig can remember and recognise the other members of its group. Pigs greet each other through nose-to-nose contact, engage in grooming of one another and sleep huddled in a group. They enjoy bonding with each other, making nests, relaxing in the sun and cooling off in the mud.
Unknown to most people, pigs are actually naturally very clean and they look for spaces away from their lying and resting areas to urinate and defecate.