There is always a lot to do and do on a farm! Most farm animals have bred humans to use them. Look at the saddle pigs. Do you have any idea which wild animal they were bred from? Who are they related to?
The domestic pig comes from the wild boar. They are still so closely related that they can produce common descendants. No close relatives are the guinea pigs (opposite enclosure) and the porcupines (Tibet village). These belong to the order of the rodents. Pigs, on the other hand, are pair hoofed animals, just like cattle, goats and even giraffes.
Why did people tame the wild boar and keep breeding it? What do we use from domestic pigs? If you need a few tips, head to the petting alley (opposite the hatchery). On the right hand side you can discover a lot on the wooden pig ...
Pigs were bred mainly for the production of meat, so our ancestors no longer had to rely on the complex and sometimes go dangerous hunting. In Europe and East Asia, pork is still the most frequently eaten type of meat. Many different end products and their origin in pigs can be seen in the said wooden pigs game. Apart from that, pig bristles are processed into brushes and brushes, the skin is used as leather for bags or shoes, fertilizer and soap are made from the bones, and the hooves are processed earlier into combs and buttons.
But now back to our saddle pigs. Do you have any idea why they are called saddle pigs?
The name comes from the coloring: the black basic color is interrupted in the middle by a light "saddle".
A fully grown saddle pig weighs approx. 300kg (this corresponds to approx. 15 normal-weight six-year-olds). Saddle pigs are robust and get on well outdoors. Since their meat is too fatty for today's taste, they are rarely kept.
Now there is a special observer task: how many adult and young pigs are in the enclosure? Go look outside too, maybe there are some in the outlet! Look closely - do all pigs live together and what are they doing right now?
We usually have a breeding pair in the zoo. However, boars and sows are only left together temporarily to control the number of offspring and the time of birth. Due to the gaps in the fence, they maintain their social contact. If piglets are present, they naturally orient themselves at the sow at the beginning and often drink. The piglet hatch allows you to switch between the two enclosures.
Frequently observed behaviors are: proboscis (explore the area with your nose for interesting smells), resting / sleeping, eating, playing, bathing and cooling in the mud, release of faeces / urine. Pairings and nest building will be added in due course.