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Introduction

A pig is any of the animals in the genus Sus, within the even-toed ungulate family Suidae. Pigs include the domestic pig and its ancestor, the common Eurasian wild boar (Sus scrofa), along with other species. Related creatures outside the genus include the peccary, the babirusa, and the warthog. Pigs, like all suids, are native to the Eurasian and African continents. Juvenile pigs are known as piglets. Pigs are highly social and intelligent animals.

With around 1 billion individuals alive at any time, the domestic pig is among the most populous large mammals in the world. Pigs are omnivores and can consume a wide range of food. Biologically, pigs are very similar to humans, thus are frequently used for human medical research.

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Did you know...

  • ... that Guangzhou's Hoi Tong Monastery once housed sacred pigs so fat they could barely walk?
  • ... that an 18th-century recipe for the vegetarian Glamorgan sausage references the use of pork as an ingredient?
  • ... that Mary Amdur gassed her own guinea pigs to prove that breathing sulphuric acid was dangerous?
  • ... that in Texas, the hot link sausage is usually prepared using beef, while in Chicago, pork is typically used?
  • ... that the Anita Krajnc case could result in her spending ten years in prison for giving water to thirsty pigs on their way to slaughter?
  • ... that when biochemist Li Lin was a Ph.D. student, he often went to slaughterhouses and wet markets to buy chicken and pig livers for his experiments?

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