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

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

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

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