In 1841 France almost broke off relations with Texas due to a hotel owner’s marauding pigs eating the French ambassador’s bed linens.
The Danish protest pig is a rare breed of pigs originating in Denmark. In the 19th century, Prussians prohibited the use of the Danish flag so the farmers started to create a new breed that resembles their flag. The red-white pigs quickly became a symbol of Danish cultural independence.
In 1997 in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, a pot-bellied pig named Lulu saved her owner, having a heart attack. Lulu heard the owner’s cries of pain then forced her way out of the yard and played dead on the road. Lulu successfully stopped a car and guided help to the owner, she survived.
There is a rare breed of pig called sheep-pig, which is capable of producing wool, just like sheep. There are many variations of these animals, the Mangalica is one of the most common breeds.
Pigs can be taught to play video games. They are able to control a cursor with a joystick and move it to the indicated area. They tried the same game with dogs, but even after extensive training dogs weren’t able to understand the goal. Pigs even beat chimpanzees.
To help airline passengers deal with travel anxiety, San Francisco International Airport has hired the nation’s first airport therapy pig. LiLou wears costumes and performs tricks to help travelers calm down before boarding their flights.
A pig named Lulu saved her owner’s life while the woman was having a heart attack. The pig heard the cries of pain, forced her way out of the yard, ran into the road and ‘played dead’ to stop the traffic. A driver stopped, the pig led him to the trailer, he heard the woman and called 911.
A pig in Australia stole 18 beers from a campsite, got drunk, and then tried to fight a cow, resulting in the cow chasing the pig around a car.
Parts of India have “pig toilets” in which human feces are fed to pigs and the pigs are later eaten. This poses some health concerns.