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Pig Surprise

Updated on February 10, 2011
Pig Surprise
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As you might expect, not much ever really happens out by the pig wallow. Mud bakes in the sun, or oozes in the rain. Flies hover about. The occasional chicken wanders through, looking for errant corn hulls. And once a day, like clockwork, Farmer Ferd Derfle — or his wife Fergie — comes lumbering out that slapping screen door with a fresh warm bucket of the day’s slops.

What we observe here is the rare pig surprise. Not a big pig surprise, mind you, just a moderate one, for Pootog, Ferd’s youngest Yorkshire, has just noticed a brilliantly blue Phengaris arion fluttering past the nearby horse paddock. (The butterfly had become extinct throughout this region of Cornwall, but has been selectively reintroduced by conservationists.)

You can tell Pootog is in the midst of pig surprise by his slightly elevated and twitching earflap. (If this were instead an instance of pig shock, we would observe Pootog’s kinked tail uncurl forcefully.)

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      Christina M. Castro 6 years ago from Baltimore,MD USA

      Soooooooo-ey!!! Here piggy,piggy piggy......

      Let's treat farm animals with respect!

      Great hub!

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      rickzimmerman 6 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Thanks, CM! Pigs are the mammals closest to humans in many respects (including their ability to sunburn, which is why they contribute quite a bit to suntan lotion research). We often replace malfunctioning human heart valves with those of swine.

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      Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

      I think pigs are the cutest animals. Thanks for making me smile with your story:)

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      rickzimmerman 6 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      You are quite welcome, MT.

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