This Pig May Be A Baby-Killer

Here is a piggy. Isn't it cute? It might not be when you learn that farmers have a major problem with pigs because they engage in a behavior called "savaging" — a gruesome act which involves female pigs attacking and killing their own piglets. » 1/15/15 8:45am 1/15/15 8:45am

New research shows that pigs, already known to be intelligent, may also be able to feel empathy. Scientists in the Netherlands used music to train a group of pigs to anticipate either food or stress, then introduced untrained animals into the mix. The end result: the "naive" pigs did seem to empathize with their… » 1/13/15 1:00pm 1/13/15 1:00pm

Can This Dog Herd Piglets, Ducks, and Goats?

Spoiler alert: Yes. Yes he can. Except for one kid, who stubbornly refuses to be herded. You go, little goat. Refuse to follow the herd! Be your own... goat. » 11/13/14 3:00am 11/13/14 3:00am

Poop Foam Causes Massive Explosions

As if anyone needed another reason to stay away from pig pens, pig farms have been exploding. The culprit is a highly-explosive form of gray mush that turns up, from time to time, in ditches full of pig poop. And this gray mush seems to be entirely new. » 8/18/14 12:20pm 8/18/14 12:20pm

Pigs are being strung-up and shot to train army medics in Denmark

Just a week after a "surplus" giraffe was killed at a Danish zoo, Denmark is once again embroiled in an animal cruelty controversy. According to PETA's British and German affiliates, the Danish military is using live pigs for target practice and medical training. [Warning, the following images are disturbing.] » 2/18/14 7:20am 2/18/14 7:20am

Why are all the pig farms exploding?

It sounds like a factory farm legend. One day, the manure collected under the floorboards of a pig barn starts foaming uncontrollably. Then, the foam releases gas that explodes. In one incident — all too real — over 1,500 pigs were killed, and one human seriously injured. What's going on? » 12/03/13 10:35am 12/03/13 10:35am

No, Humans Are Not Chimp-Pig Hybrids

Back in July of this year, Eugene McCarthy proposed that humans are the result of hybridization between chimps and pigs. This didn't get much attention at the time, but today's Daily Mail discussed it, so there might be an upswing of attention. » 11/30/13 1:36pm 11/30/13 1:36pm

Valiant pig saves baby goat from drowning, wins the Internet's heart

And the award for most adorable thing you'll see today goes to this video of a pig saving a baby goat from drowning at a petting zoo. (NO THANKS TO YOU, MISTER CAMERAMAN.) Here's your chance to watch it before your friends do. And then watch it again. And again. Something tells us this little piggy's gonna be… » 9/20/12 11:16am 9/20/12 11:16am

Feast your eyes on the greatest bacon costume of 1894

In the introduction of his seminal 1917 pork products treatise Bacon and Hams, author and smoked swine maven George J. Nicholls included this photo of himself "in fancy dress as a side of bacon." The costume was so smashing that it won him no less than forty guineas. » 5/15/12 6:40am 5/15/12 6:40am

In Holland, they're building computer games for adorable, edible pigs

While waiting around in their pens, swine can get ornery and restless. To placate the porkers, a group of Dutch designers are devising a basic video game that allows humans to square off against pigs (and vice versa). It's an extremely cute idea until you realize your porcine opponents are bacon-bound. » 1/11/12 2:10pm 1/11/12 2:10pm

Pig-to-human transplants could be closer than you think

Two scientists at the Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute at the University of Pittsburgh discussed the state of xenotransplantation—the use of cells, organs, or tissue from one animal in another—in a review in The Lancet. In that review, they touch on the history of one particular subject: pig-to-human… » 10/22/11 10:30am 10/22/11 10:30am

Xenomorph piglet born in Guatemala

Here's a barnyard beast to join the ranks of the two-headed Armenian cow. In the village of Santa Cruz El Chol, Guatemala, a mutant piglet was born after residents saw curious, hovering lights in the night sky. » 9/04/11 7:30am 9/04/11 7:30am

Why some animals can never be domesticated

Dogs, sheep, pigs, cows, horses - all these animals and more have been fundamentally changed by humans to make our lives better. Domestication has fundamentally altered the course of human history, reshaping the land and other species to fit our new agricultural lifestyle. But how do you take a wild species and turn… » 2/09/11 1:48pm 2/09/11 1:48pm

Who wants to live in a house made of pig meat?

This is concept art for the "In Vitro Meat House" by Mitchell Joachim of Terreform. The house is made of pig cells that were grown in a lab and fused onto scaffolding. It's like living in a scrapple cabin! » 7/10/10 8:00am 7/10/10 8:00am

Future Cities Will Run On Pig Shit


Forget wind turbines and solar panels. In the ragtag future, Tina Turner will get her mood lighting from hog lagoons. In Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome, an army of pigs swarms beneath Bartertown, one of the last (semi) civilized outposts. The pigshit produces methane, a gas which keeps the city's power going. The only… » 11/14/07 11:10am 11/14/07 11:10am