Piglets

Piglets

Even the name is cute. Piglets. 

But I have to admit I had mixed feelings about this one. I found myself torn because for the most part, as cute as pigs are, they’re being raised for food. So, as I was oohing and awing over how adorable these little critters were, in the back of my mind was the delicious smoked pork we’d had for Thanksgiving. Yes, very conflicted.

Still, I can appreciate cuteness and the amazing maternal instinct animals have. Did you know, for instance, that mother pigs build nests before they give birth? I had no idea. In the FunFacts, you’ll find a quote about the process. It’s fascinating.

Here is a sweet blog on having a pig as a pet and what you can expect.

Here’s an adorable compilation video of pigs and piglets.

FunFacts about Piglets and Pigs (Source) (Source)

  • Piglets can learn their names by the time they’re two weeks old.
  • Sows have been known to ‘sing’ to their piglets while nursing.
  • Piglets learn early on to run to the sound of their mother’s voices.
  • Pigs are fast and can run up to 11 miles-per-hour.
  • Pigs have as many as 20 vocalizations and talk to each other all the time.
  • Pigs will eat almost anything including human bones.
  • Pigs are highly intelligent.
  • Pigs dream.
  • Pigs are very social and like to snuggle close to each other.
  • The pig’s genetic makeup is similar to our human genome. Scientists are using pig stem cells to try to find cures for human diseases.
  • Pigs were domesticated from wild boars as early as 13000 BC.
  • Female pigs can reproduce anywhere from 3 months of age to 12 months.
  • Gestation averages 112 to 120 days.
  • ‘Sweating like a pig’ is inaccurate since pigs have very few sweat glands. To cool off, they wallow.
  • Quote about pig nest-building before giving birth: A behavioral characteristic of domestic pigs which they share with carnivores is nest building and bed making (although, modern livestock production systems often prevent these). Pigs root out wallows or depressions (digging with their snout) and the females (sows) will build nests in which to give birth. First the sow digs a depression about the size of her body. She then collects twigs, grasses and leaves, and carries these in her mouth to the depression, building them into a mound. She digs in smaller, finer material to the center of the mound using her feet. When the mound reaches the desired height, she places large branches, up to 2 metres in length, on the surface. She enters into the mound and roots around to create a depression within the gathered material. She then gives birth in a lying position, which again is different from other artiodactyls which usually give birth in a standing position. (Source)

*** This Week’s Giveaway is Closed ***

We have a winner! Congrats Kim S.!!!

For a chance to win this paranormal romance bracelet, scroll to the bottom of the page and read the details for entering. You will be leaving a comment as the entry requirement. Giveaway ends midnight, Arizona time, November 30, 2017.

November Winners: Tamara, ELF, Grace W. and Catedid

October Winners: Bonnie C., Mary P., Marie S. and Karen M.

And now, here are the photos! Enjoy!  (Photos from Pixabay…)

I hope you enjoyed these photos. Be sure to keep scrolling to leave a comment for the weekly prize draw. Details below!

Caris Roane Home Page

~ ~ ~   ~ ~ ~   ~ ~ ~   ~ ~ ~   ~ ~ ~

Sign up for my newsletter!

For more about my books, check out my Books Page!

*** This Week’s Giveaway is Closed ***

We have a winner! Congrats Kim S.!!!

November Winners: Tamara K., ELF, Grace W. and Catedid

October Winners: Bonnie C., Mary P., Marie S. and Karen M.

To be in the running for this handcrafted paranormal romance bracelet, made by yours truly, please leave a comment at the bottom of this post. Also, feel free to post comments on every Caris Roane blog, Monday thru Thursday this week, to increase your chances of winning this week’s prize drawing. Only one win per month allowed!

New contest ends midnight, Arizona time, on Thursday, November 30, 2017! On Friday, December 1st, Arizona time, I’ll select the winning blog then the winning comment. I’ll use Random.org to make my selection! You may only win once per month. International winner receives gift card.

*** This week’s giveaway! *** To be entered into the giveaway drawing, please leave a comment about piglets. Have you ever raised pigs? Have you ever had a piglet as a pet? Which photo did you like best! Feel free to share whatever comes to mind and share from the heart. 

*** And tell us where you’re from! I’m from Buckeye, Arizona, not far from Phoenix. (That’s the Desert Southwest, USA.) ***

Above all: Live the fang!!!