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The Smithsonian Channel is showcasing just how smart and adaptable pigs can be in their new show Amazing Pigs

February 05, 2019 02:03 PM

The power of pigs knows no bounds, literally.

Pigs have been able to survive and thrive in almost every environment they have come across; from the frozen tundra of Siberia to the beaches of the Bahamas.

This adaptability is just one of the many traits that make pigs impressive animals, often more impressive than we give them credit for.

The Smithsonian Channel is trying to change that with their new one-hour special Amazing Pigs. This program will explore just how intelligent and keen warthogs, pigs and hogs really are. The truth will likely surprise you.

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You may find yourself tempted to get a pig as a pet after watching this special. It’s important to know that there are domesticated pigs out there, but they are far more work than a cat or dog.

Before you welcome a pig into your home, remember the realities that come with pig ownership.

1) Pigs typically live longer than a dog, up to and sometimes greater than 20 years 

2) Pigs are very intelligent and need mental stimulation and enrichment to be happy

3) Pigs have a powerful nose, both in its ability to smell but also in acting like.a bulldozer in “rooting up” or excavating dirt.

4) Pigs are very clean animals and can be trained to use a litter box or be house broken

5) Pigs have no sweat glands and the can’t pant like a dog to cool down, so care has to be given when it is hot out. They also can’t handle extreme cold either.

Tune in to the one-hour special Amazing Pigs on The Smithsonian Channel on Feb. 13 at 8 p.m./7 p.m. CT.

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