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Thursday, April 2, 2009

If pigs could express themselves...but wait, this group of buddies are very expressive. Total contentment is in vogue for this group of fellow piglets.

They say that pigs are one of the smartest mammals other than man. " Considered smarter than 3-year-old human children, pigs are very clever animals.1 Learn more about the intelligence of pigs." From a site about the intelligence of pigs.

It was incredibly hot and humid the day I took this shot and I just wanted to jump in with them under the cool breeze of the fan blowing just outside of the frame of the picture. The lazy days of Summer are just ahead...when that weather moves in, I will be as happy as the pigs!

16 comments:

boneman said...

well, that's where I go to a different road while most folks tend to go with the intelligence of mankind.
My thought is that it's a case of what standard of rule are we using, anyway?
Whales and Tuna get along famously, live peacefully beneath the ocean's surface (and hide as best they can when we come around) and yet, we eat them.
So, my thought is that we eat animals that are smarter than us.
Pigs, too.

Dan Felstead said...

Boneman,
I may have to disagree on this one! Pigs are very intelligent but I am not sure they are smarter than us?? Although I have met some individuals out there in the corporate world that....well I won't go there!

Dan

Dani said...

I worked with pigs for years doing 4-H. Many would think one was crazy saying pigs are actually the cleanest animals on earth, but they truly are! Pigs designate a certain area in their pen for the bathroom and the only reason they roll around in the mud is to protect their skin from being sunburned. It's actually quite intelligent. As you say. I loved my pigs. They were so fun. We would let them out of their small pen into a larger one to learn to walk them with canes and they would trot around like they were in heaven because of all the space. They also loved baths- especially with brushes, and they would sit and wiggle like a dog as we scrubbed them off. Then we would either put sunblock on them or cover them up with dirt again so the sun didn't harm them. (If they did get burned, the baths were NOT fun anymore). I loved those years. Although once in a while I would get a stubborn pig and they aren't so fun to work with. However, from working with them for so long I can testify that they are extremely smart!

Dan Felstead said...

Dani,
I hope you check back and pick up this response....I just had someone send me a youtube video about a pig and since you have raised them...I am certain you will love this video!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOXGf7f7BOM

I thoroughly enjoyed your comment.

Dan

Dan Felstead said...

By the way,
anyone commenting on the pig photo will enjoy the video I mentioned to Dani as well! Don't worry..no viruses and family friendly!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOXGf7f7BOM

Dan

Simply Heather said...

Dan...I've always loved piggy's :o). My mother thought I was nutty, but who couldn't love them? They're simply adorable...even the BIG fat BIG ones, but I have to say the piglets steal my heart.

Couldn't tell you why, but it's true.

Thank you for stopping in to see my new look's today :o).

♥ to you!

{dad is now home...a little nerve wracking for me because he now has no nurse's checking in on him...but he's happy to be there - just thought I'd share that}

Dan Felstead said...

Heather,
That is the way it always is...the parents don't like the cats, dogs, chicks, ducks, pigs...because they have to take care of them. We as kids reap the benefits without the responsibilities..sort of sounds like the government nowadays! Well I better quit...I try to stay away from politics on the blog!

I'm glad your dad is back home and I bet he is already glad he had the operation. Hope it all goes well.

Dan

Tree Fern said...

Pigs are so beautiful...love this shot!

I must say it troubles me a bit that we know they're so intelligent, yet still eat them...well, I don't (I'm a vegetarian), but I mean we in general. Society. (I suppose it's ok if they have happy lives and peaceful deaths, but how many do? And it still gives me the creeps...)

I wonder if they have favourite colours? Hmm. I wonder if they can see colours? I'm going to have to read up now. :)

They're cleverer than dogs, aren't they?

Dan Felstead said...

Tree Fern....I have always wondered if animals see the "same" colors we do. Or even if you see the same colors I do....How do I know but red to me may be blue to you??? We have no way of telling!

Dan

boneman said...

well, I shan't make an arguement of it, but, the gist of my statement lies on what is ue=sed as a standard for intelligence.
Pigs, well, borderline.
But whales and tuna?
If the basis for intelligence is living together peacefully?
Mankind loses to a lot of animals....

Dan Felstead said...

Boneman...I will give you that one...we would loose if we use that benchmark!

Dan

Dani said...

Thanks Dan- I'll take a look at the video!

Dan Felstead said...

I'm glad you got the message....I think you will enjoy it.

Dan

boneman said...

KINGSFORD!
I saw it once in passing and couldn't ever find my way back to it!
I love the music they've put to it!

Thanx, Dan!

Lynda Lehmann said...

I didn't realize pigs are that smart. I'll have to read more about it.

They certainly are adorable and seem to be wearing very contented smiles!

Dan Felstead said...

Lynda....Hey - I am from Indiana - I KNOW MY PIGS! Just kidding!

Dan