March 05, 2013

Princess & The Pig Facts

  • The pot-bellied pig is a breed of domesticated pig originating in Vietnam. Pot-bellied pigs were first imported to North America during the 1980s by Keith Connell, a Canadian zoo director.

  • Pigs don't see very well but they can smell and hear much better than people. They have such a good sense of smell that they can be trained as drug-sniffers to help police.

  • Male potbellied pigs are called boars. Females are called gilts if they never had babies and sows if they had.

  • Pigs mostly use their teeth to defend their place in the herd by biting or chasing away challengers.

  • In a herd, pigs talk to each other by grunting, squealing and snorting. They also like to bump and rub each other to keep in contact.

  • The world's longest snake living in captivity is a reticulated python named Medusa, who is actually kept in a haunted house attraction in Kansas City, Missouri. Medusa measures 25 feet and 2 inches and weighs 350 pounds.

  • The life span of a python averages from 20 to 25 years, but a ball python in Highland Park Zoo in Pennsylvania lived up to 47 years!

  • Not only are pythons good swimmers, they also climb trees!

  • Some species of monitor lizards can event count. Studies of the feeding habits of Varanus albigularis at the San Diego Zoo they showed that they can count numbers up to six!

  • Monitor lizards are eaten in parts of southern India and Malaysia, where their meat is considered an aphrodisiac, as well as a cure for hip and back aches.

  • A combination of a Maltese dog and a Yorkie is sometimes called a Morkie.

  • Morkie dogs take on both the temperament of a Yorkie and Maltese, which is probably why they're a popular breed. They are bold, energetic, and playful little dogs.

  • Morkies are affectionate to their owners and overprotective of them. They are sometimes suspicious of strangers and can serve as a good watchdog.

  • Maltese Yorkies are sometimes referred to as designer dogs, which are a cross between two purebred dogs.

  • While Maltese dogs were pampered with rich and famous owners (Queen Elizabeth I owned a Maltese dog), Yorkshire Terriers started out as working-class dogs that were kept to catch rats in clothing mills.

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