Mini Pig (Sus scrofa domesticus)
Mini Pig, teacup pig, pygmy pig, whatever you want to name it, there is always a picture that comes to mind of these tiny little piggies. These smaller pigs are often sought after due to them being seen as great pets, however, I am about to explain why that might not be such a good idea.
Physical Description and Behavior
The main reason why these are not good to have as a pet is the fact that they grow fairly big, fairly quickly. In fact, even these smaller pigs can grow from 50 to 200 pounds. This can make them very hard expensive to feed, and sadly, a lot of people have to give them away due to not being able to take care of them.
Domesticated pigs do not have much hair, and in fact, their skin is similar to that of the average humans. However, unlike humans, they cannot reduce their body temperature by sweating. As a result, they often how to cool down in puddles of mud or water. Pigs are also omnivores, but will mainly eat things such as leaves, roots, fruits, and flowers as they are foragers.
They often feed for hours if they are able, and then go to sleep for several hours. Despite their appearance and the belief that they are just dirty animals, pigs are some of the most intelligent domesticated animals that we know. They are also known for seeking out the companionship of other pigs and huddle together in a small group of about 8.
Habitat and Location
Since these pigs are domesticated and also used as a food source, they can be found all over the world. They can be found in Africa, the Americas, Europe, and the Middle East, as well as other locations all around the world.
This is true also with Feral pigs, but they are generally centered in the US and Europe.
Check out this awesome video by National Geographic about this little guy: